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Alarm sounded over Palestinian hunger striker’s health in Israeli jail

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Gaza9Feb5AL-KHALIL (PNIC):-52-year-old Palestinian detainee Rizq Abd al-Rajoub has been on an open-ended hunger strike for eight days running to protest an Israeli court rule to sentence him administratively, without indictment.

According to a statement by the Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies, prisoner Rajoub, a native of al-Khalil’s southern town of Dura, in the southern occupied West Bank, resumed his hunger strike on February 4.

Sometime earlier, Rajoub suspended a hunger strike that lasted for 25 days after the Israeli prison authorities promised to end his administrative sentence and release him following a questioning.

However, the occupation authorities reneged on the promise and confirmed Rajoub’s administrative sentence for six months, which made him resume his hunger strike despite his deteriorating health conditions.

Human rights groups have expressed deep concern over Rajoub’s health conditions, saying he has been enduring severe stomachaches and pains in his colon and gallbladder.

Prior to his detention, the detainee had undergone several surgeries. He is also diagnosed with Vitiligo, a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. Recently, the Israeli prison service transferred him to the Ramla prison clinic following a sudden health setback.

Israeli occupation forces arrested prisoner Rajoub on November 27, 2017 and seized a car of his own, four months after they had seized another two of his cars.

Prisoner Rajoub had been locked up for a total of 23 years in Israeli jails, including 10 years in administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial.

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