Health Condition of Hunger Striking Prisoner Deteriorates Significantly


RAMALLAH, January 12, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PSS) Tuesday said the health condition of prisoner Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, is very difficult due to a 49-day hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention.

PSS said in a press release that al-Qiq is determined to continue his hunger strike inspite of his deterorating health condition until Israel meets his demands.

The Israeli prison authorities decided to inject al-Qiq with intravenous fluids after he entered a critical stage similar to what happened with many other Palestinian prisoners.

Minister Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA) said al-Qiq, is the first Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails to be force-fed since the enacting of the force-feeding law by the Israeli Knesset in July 2015.

Qaraqe said al-Qiq was tied to the bed by Israeli physicians at Afula medical center in Israel, before they administered a nutritional substance into his vein by means of a plastic feeding tube.