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Palestinian man continues hunger strike for 94th day

Protesting administrative detention, Maher Al-Akhras suffers deteriorating health as he refuses food, medical checks

Salam Abu Sharar   | 28.10.2020
Palestinian man continues hunger strike for 94th day People gather to support Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail who has been on a hunger strike for 93 days in a row, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross building in Al-Bireh, West Bank on October 27, 2020. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )

RAMALLAH, Palestine

A hunger-striking Palestinian man imprisoned by Israel is reportedly suffering frequent and worsening shortness of breath, according to a statement on Wednesday by the Palestinian Prisoners Society.

Since Maher Al-Akhras has refused to undergo any health checks on his 94th consecutive day without food in protest of his jailing, no medical reports are available on the condition of his vital organs, the statement added.

Meanwhile, Maher's wife, Taghreed Al-Akhras, said his condition was still dangerous, suffering severe chest cramps, losing balance, ability to speak along with pressure in his ears.

Maher Al-Akhras is currently being held under "administrative detention" in Israel.

Despite his critical health condition, the Israeli prison authority, along with intelligence officers, attacked him on his hospital bed earlier in the week and exposed his family to insults and threats as well.

"A few days ago, a group of extremist settlers in the hallways of the hospital assaulted us with racist remarks -- me, Maher's mother and my sons. They threatened us aggressively," wife Taghreed Al-Akhras told Anadolu Agency.

Maher’s attorney, Ahlam Haddad, told Anadolu Agency that she filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, demanding her client's immediate release and transport to his hospital in the West Bank. However, the court has yet to announce a ruling.

In Nablus, dozens of activities organized a vigil near Al-Najah National University in support of Al-Akhras and his family, with another organized in front of Kaplan hospital in Rehovot city, where Maher is detained.

Roughly ten days ago, three other Palestinian inmates under administrative detention, Basel Rimawi, Mahmoud Al-Sadi, and Mohammed Zugheer, joined Maher on his hunger strike.

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