Samer Issawi transferred to hospital in critical condition

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RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred Wednesday evening the hunger-striking prisoner Samer Issawi to Tel HaShomer Hospital after his serious health deterioration.

Issawi has joined the Freedom and Dignity Hunger Strike declared on April 17 demanding an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, in addition to other demands for basic rights.

The news came as dozens of prisoners were taken to hospitals on Wednesday morning.

Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs head Issa Qaraqe said that the IPS would negotiate with the striking prisoners if only they stop the hunger strike.

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He pointed out that the prisoners threatened to escalate their protest steps if their demands are not met.

About 1,800 Palestinian prisoners are continuing their open-ended hunger strike, which most of them started 38 days ago to demand basic rights. (PIC)

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