Friday, 11 May 2012

Israel still refusing to hospitalize long-term hunger strikers

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel is still refusing to transfer Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla to hospital after 73 days on hunger strike, the Prisoners Society said Friday.

Diab, 27, and Halahla, 33, are being held in a prison clinic, Qaddura Fares told Ma'an, adding that Israeli authorities refused to allow the society's lawyer to visit them on Thursday.

Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told Ma'an on Friday that the detainees were being treated at a prison clinic but would be hospitalized "if it is necessary."

The International Committee for the Red Cross on Monday warned that Halahla, Diab and four other long-term hunger strikers were in "imminent danger of dying" and called on Israel to transfer them to hospital.

Physicians for Human Rights - Israel says prison clinics are not equipped to care for prisoners in the advanced stages of a hunger strike and has repeatedly called on Israel to hospitalize strikers. more