Former Hunger Striker Allan Falls into New Coma

RAMALLAH, August 20, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinian detainee Mohammad Allan, who on Wednesday agreed to suspend his hunger strike in return for his release, fell into a new coma Thursday after developing a severe brain damage, according to Minister Issa Qaraqe, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission (CPA).

Earlier, Hezi Levy, administrator of Barzilai medical center where Allan is being treated, told reporters that an MRI scan revealed that Allan suffers a brain damage, likely due to the lack of vitamins and salts following a two-month hunger strike against detention without trial.

This came hours after the Israeli Supreme Court – taking into account the new medical evidence – issued a ruling temporarily suspending Allan’s detention without charge and ruled he could apply again for release if and when his condition improves.

Allan, who has been detained by Israel without charge or trial since November 2014, began hunger striking in protest on 18 June, taking only water. He fell into a coma last Thursday night for the first time, but was awaken three days later.

Doctors have since been intravenously giving him water, vitamins and salts and he was connected to a respirator to assist him in breathing.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported it was informed by one of Allan’s lawyers that the he had expressed willingness to stop the hunger strike if Israel would agree to release him by Eid al-Adha, which falls toward the end of September – two months before the end of his administrative detention order.

Allan’s hunger strike, which was to protest his illegal administrative detention without charge or trial, has so far gained noticeable international momentum.