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Palestinian hunger striker in Israel prison stops drinking water

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan speaks during a rally near the West Bank city of Jenin July 12, 2015 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan speaks during a rally near the West Bank city of Jenin July 12, 2015 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Palestinian prisoner, Khadr Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 57 days has now stopped drinking water in protest against his continued detention, the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Committee said in a statement yesterday.

Forty-year-old Adnan’s decision came after “the Israeli occupation authorities ignored his demands to be released and to stop his arbitrary detention.”

The statement explained that Adnan’s health is deteriorating and he now uses a wheelchair as a result of his excessive weight loss.

Israeli authorities did not respond to the Palestinian committee’s statement.

Read: Palestinian prisoner begins hunger strike against administrative detention

Adnan, who has been detained since 11 December 2017, has not been sentenced to this day.

Israeli occupation forces accuse Adnan of belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement.

In 2012, Adnan went on hunger strike that lasted 66 days against his administrative detention. In 2015, he began another hunger strike that lasted for 54 days.

The father of seven has been arrested 11 times and has spent a total of eight years in Israeli jails.

According to Palestinian official data, there are 6,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails including 350 children, 62 women detainees and six lawmakers.

The detainees include 500 administrative detainees held without charge as well as 1,800 patients, including 700 prisoners who are in need of urgent medical intervention.

Read: 85% of Palestinian administrative detainees were former prisoners 

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