Commission of detainees: Qeiq may die any moment

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian commission of detainees has warned that hunger-striking journalist Mohamed al-Qeiq may die any moment after he has suffered a serious health setback. Lawyer of the commission Hiba Masalha stated on Friday that prisoner Qeiq is now suffering from incessant convulsions, strong twinges of pain in his chest, a rising temperature and severe pains in his joints and limbs. He is also suffering from serious vertigo, has lost most of his sight and hearing, and can barely speak, according to Masalha. The lawyer also warned that there are great fears that Qeiq could suffer a stroke and die any moment. “There is no guarantee that he will stay alive in the coming hours,” she said, calling for strongly pressuring the Israeli occupation to release him. 33-year-old Mohamed al-Qeiq, married with two children, is a Palestinian news reporter working for the Saudi satellite channel al-Majd. He was kidnapped by Israeli soldiers on November 21, 2015 from his home in Abu Qash town in Ramallah and taken to interrogation. Almost a month later, an administrative detention order was issued against him. Shortly after that, Qeiq launched an open-ended hunger strike. He has now been on hunger strike for 81 days. In a related context, the wife of prisoner Qeiq has appealed to all Palestinian masses to continue holding massive marches in all Palestinian areas in solidarity with her hunger-striking husband. The wife, Faiha Shalash, also called on members of the Palestinian Legislative Council to convene a meeting on Saturday evening to raise the issue of her husband. Shalash told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the family were living in a state of fear and anxiety for the life of Qeiq after his health worsened more seriously than before.

(Source / 13.02.2016)

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