Palestinian hunger strike case to go to UN: Meshaal (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/29/12)
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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said on Sunday that the case of a mass
hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is to be
submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.
Meshaal told journalists in Cairo that he had agreed on the course of
action in talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and with Arab
League chief Nabil al-Arabi.
He was in "full coordination" with Abbas on the issue of the hunger
striking prisoners, the Hamas chief said.
Some 1,350 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel are currently
13 days into a mass hunger strike to protest against the conditions
in which they are being held, with many more expected to join them in
the coming days.
Another eight prisoners have been refusing food for longer, with two
of them now into the 61st day of their hunger strike, despite
increasingly chronic health problems.
A Palestinian MP said on Sunday that a top militant on hunger strike
for nearly two weeks has been transferred to the hospital wing of an
Israeli prison near Tel Aviv.
Ahmed Saadat, secretary general of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, began refusing food on April 17.
The Meshaal-led Hamas delegation visiting the Egyptian capital would
stress the need for Arab and international support over the
prisoners´ cause, Hamas politburo member Izzat al-Rishq wrote on his
According to the Palestinian Information Centre (PIC), a news website
close to the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza, the exiled
Meshaal met Egyptian intelligence chief Murad Mohammed Muafi in Cairo
Sami Khater, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said the two
discussed the prisoners´ hunger strike as well as the stalled
attempts to implement a reconciliation agreement with the movement´s
political rival, Fatah.
"We put our Egyptian brothers in the picture as to the situation of
prisoners in the occupation´s prisons, and that their situation calls
for a series of political, popular and media campaigns to show
solidarity with them," he told the website.
They also discussed ways of implementing the reconciliation
agreement, which has made next to no progress since it was signed in
May 2011, although Hamas was seeking to unblock the process, he said.
Meshaal, who arrived in Cairo on Friday, also met his Islamic Jihad
counterpart, Ramadan Shallah, on Saturday, the website said, without
saying what was discussed. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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