Lawyer: Prisoner in critical condition on 77th day of hunger strike

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Wahid Hamdi Abu Mariya, 47, on the 77th day of hunger strike in protest against his detention without trial is in “critical” medical condition, a lawyer said.

Lawyer Hiba Masalha, who visited Abu Mariya at Wolfson Hospital in Holon, said that doctors at the Israeli hospital told her that the prisoner was in extremely critical condition.

Abu Mariya himself told Masalha only two days ago that his heart had almost stopped beating and he had almost lost his eyesight before he fainted.

After he fainted, he added, Israeli prison services immediately brought doctors, who gave him vitamin injections in addition to water and salt until he was stabilized.

The lawyer highlighted that Abu Mariya’’s weight had dropped from 90 kilograms to 50 as a result of the hunger strike.

Abu Mariya has been on hunger strike since Jan. 9 protesting his detention without trial by Israeli forces

Israeli forces routinely detain and keep Palestinian prisoners without charge or trial for extended periods of time, often due to “security” concerns. The practice is known as “administrative detention.”

According to Israeli human rights groups B’tselem, in October 2013 140 Palestinians were being kept in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, down from a high of nearly 1,000 in 2002.

(Source / 26.03.2014)

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