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Palestinian hunger strikers announce plans to fast Ramadan

May 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Palestinian demonstrators hold placards during a demonstration in support Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on May 25, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

On the 40th day of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, some prisoners have announced their intention to fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which begins tomorrow.

One of the hunger strike leaders in Hadarim prison, Nasser Abu Srour, said that hunger-striking prisoners in the prison – who have been consuming only a mixture of salt and water since 17 April – will not consume any water from dawn until sundown during Ramadan.

Abu Srour said that the health of prisoners was deteriorating day by day, and that all hunger-striking prisoners in Hadarim had been taken to Israeli hospitals over the past week for medical tests.

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He added that prisoners who were transferred to the Meir Hospital in central Israel complained of inhumane treatment by the hospital and doctors.

Despite these bad conditions, prisoners have high spirits and will continue the strike until their demands are achieved, or until martyrdom

Abu Srour said.