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Second Palestinian on hunger strike hospitalized (AP) Associated Press) JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 05/08/12 10:10 am ET)Source: http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120508/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians;_ylt=AtzhGGca5tcvkSX.EPuA18cLewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTJ0bm51NzRnBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTIwNTA4L21sX2lzcmFlbF9wYWxlc3RpbmlhbnMEcG9zAzE0BHNlYwN5bl9wYWdpbmF0ZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA3NlY29uZHBhbG AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
JERUSALEM – A spokeswoman for Israel´s prison service says a Palestinian prisoner refusing to eat food for the past 71 days has been transferred to a civilian hospital.

Sivan Weizman says Thaer Halahleh was hospitalized early Tuesday after he refused to drink water.

Halahleh is the second hunger striker to be transferred. Bilal Diab, also on a 71-day hunger strike, was hospitalized last week.

Some 1,600 Palestinians held by Israel have been refusing food, most for 21 days. They are demanding a halt to open-ended incarceration without trial and solitary confinement. They also want family visits from Gaza.

The strike puts Israel in a bind: Officials don´t want to be seen as caving in to the prisoners, but any deaths could unleash a fierce backlash. (© 2012 The Associated Press 05/08/12)

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