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Thursday, March 23

Palestinian prisoner ‘Abu Hawash’ on the brink of death


The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has warned of the serious deterioration of the health condition of the Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, who has been on hunger strike for 140 consecutive days.

The Undersecretary of the committee, Abdul Qader Al-Khatib, affirmed in a statement on Monday that Abu Hawash is ‘on the brink of death.’

He quoted doctors as saying that Abu Hawash may face a sudden death or clots at any moment.

Khatib further stressed the urgent need to free Abu Hawash or move him to Palestinian hospitals to save his life.

The Israeli rejection to release him indicate that there is an Israeli intention to kill him, he charged, denouncing the international community’s silence towards the Israeli continued violations.

Abu Hawash, a father of five, has been detained since October 2020, where he received three administrative detention orders against him since his arrest, one of which was issued during his hunger strike and for 6 months, reduced later to four months.

He is a former prisoner who spent a total of eight years behind Israeli bars.
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The occupation authorities administratively detain about 500 prisoners, from the 4,650 Palestinians it holds in its prisons, according to Palestinian human rights organizations.