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Hunger striking Palestinian prisoner drinks water for first time in 32 days

Palestinian hunger striker Ebaa Barghouthi [File photo]
Palestinian hunger striker Ebaa Barghouthi [File photo]

Palestinian hunger striker Ebaa Barghouthi has ended his 32-day strike and began drinking water.

The forty-year-old who is being held in the occupation’s jails has been vomiting blood, is suffering from fatigue, pain in his muscles and bones, difficulty sleeping and his eyesight has weakened as a result of his strike, Palestinian Prisoners’ Club lawyer Firas Al-Sabah said.

Al-Sabah said Barghouthi was unable to focus during his visit and appeared very tired.

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As a result of his deteriorating health, Barghouthi was transferred to the Barzilai Medical Centre where occupation forces regularly eat in front of him in an effort to force him to break his hunger strike.

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Prison authorities had offered to reduce his administrative detention – detention without trial or charge – to 18 months from 22 months if he would bring an end to the hunger strike however he refused.

Barghouthi, who has been held under administrative detention since 2 August 2017, insists he will only end his hunger strike in exchange for his release.

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