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Palestinian hunger striker refuses medical treatment

2 August 2016 15:13

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A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than a month in protest at his administrative detention by Israel is now refusing to undergo medical treatment.

“Bilal Kayed has stated that he would rather die of starvation than give up his rights and those of his fellow prisoners,” Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer said in a statement on Monday.

The statement added that 35-year-old Kayed, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is handcuffed to his bed at Israel’s Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, and is wearing a gadget that sounds an alarm in case he makes a sudden movement.

Addameer further said that more than 100 Palestinian prisoners have gone on hunger strike since mid-July in solidarity with Kayed, stressing that the Palestinian hunger striker is demanding to be transferred back to prison.

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