10 Palestinian hunger strikers transferred to Israeli hospitals / Hamas threatens ‘the unexpected’ if any prisoners die (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ILAN BEN ZION 05/05/12)
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A senior Hamas official warned Israel on Friday of dire consequences
if any Palestinian prisoners die as a result of an ongoing hunger
strike, AFP reported.
Two imprisoned Palestinians, Bilal Diab, 34, and Thaer Halahla, 27,
have refused food for 66 days, and over 1,550 Palestinian security
detainees have joined their strike since April 17.
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, said that Diab and
Halahla are suffering from “life-threatening conditions, including
severe weight loss, nerve damage, dehydration, decreased muscle tone
and low blood pressure.”
They were reportedly transferred to an Israeli hospital on Friday. In
total, 10 Palestinian prisoners were transferred to Israeli hospitals
as a result of the hunger strike, according to Mansour.
Thousands of Palestinians protested across the West Bank and Gaza on
Friday in support of security detainees in Israeli prisons. At one
gathering in Gaza City, Hamas leader Khalil Haya said that the hunger
strike carried out by over 1,500 Palestinian inmates “isn’t a party”
and that some of them could die.
“If that happens, you can expect both the expected and the unexpected
from us,” he said, and added that Hamas is prepared to mobilize and
fight in order to free its imprisoned compatriots.
Islamic Jihad, the other terrorist organization operating in the Gaza
Strip, also threatened to break its truce with Israel should any
Robert Serry, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace
Process, urged Israel on Friday to fulfill its international
obligations and “do everything in its power to preserve the health of
The fasting prisoners demand Israel improve prison conditions,
increase access to lawyers and family visits, and end solitary
confinement and administrative detention. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
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