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Gazans march in support of hunger striking journalist

Dozens of journalists from press agencies and human rights organisations gathered today in a march that started from the Palestinian Legislative Council’s offices in Gaza to the Red Cross headquarters, where a solidarity tent was set up in solidarity with journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq.

Al-Qeeq enters his 50th day on hunger strike after being subjected to harsh interrogations for 25 consecutive days. He gained widespread solidarity from his fellow journalists and human rights organisations which are calling for his release before his health condition becomes fatal.

The dangerous state Al-Qeeq has reached, including blood and bile in his vomit, blood in his urine, constant headaches and stomach and joint pain prompted the Israeli occupation to force-feed him. The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association lawyer who visited him in Al-Afoula Prison said he refused two offers proposed to him by the head of intelligence at the prison and the prison administration to release him after renewing his administrative detention once. He stressed he will continue his strike until his immediate and unconditional release.

Images by MEMO photographer Mohammed Asad.

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