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Hunger-striking Rjoub transferred to Ramla hospital

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Gaza7Jan1AL-KHALIL (PNIC):-The Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday evening transferred the Palestinian prisoner Rizq al-Rjoub, 61, to Ramla hospital after his health deteriorated as a result of being on hunger strike for 20 consecutive days in protest at his administrative detention.

Rizq's wife, Sara, told the PNIC reporter that her husband is suffering from low hemoglobin levels in the blood, stressing that his body is too weak to tolerate an open hunger strike.

Ex-prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq, the longest-fasting hunger striker in Israeli jails, said in an exclusive interview with the PNIC that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) does not care about the health of the hunger-striking prisoners, adding that Rizq's case is different from any other cases and procrastination will entail adverse consequences.

For his part, Director of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in al-Khalil, Farid al-Atrash, called on international humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene to save Rjoub.

In a statement to the PNIC, Atrash held the IPS fully responsible for any deterioration in Rjoub's health.

Rjoub, who has been detained since 27th November 2017, rejected an Israeli court offer to be deported to Sudan.

Being a prominent Hamas member, Rjoub spent 23 years in Israeli jails including 10 years in arbitrary administrative detention.

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