Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Lawyer: Issawi stops drinking water

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hunger striking detainee Samer Issawi has stopped drinking water in an escalation of his 223-day protest, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Jawad Bulous told Ma'an that Issawi started refusing all liquid on Monday in protest at having to wear ankle restraints and being shackled to his hospital bed.

He is required to keep his restraints on even when using the bathroom, Bulous said, adding that keeping him tied to the bed is inhumane and undignified.

The lawyer said that when he visited Issawi's room he found seven Israeli prison officers eating food to deliberately torment Issawi.

Doctors have tried to convince Issawi to drink water and are afraid he may die at any moment as his blood pressure is very low. more

Gaza government considering internal sea transport line

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas government in Gaza is studying the possibility of an internal sea transport connection to reduce congestion in the coastal territory, officials said Tuesday.

Gaza Minister of Transportation Osama al-Eisawi made the comments during a meeting with Mahfouth Kabariti, head of the federation of fishermen.

The transport ministry is considering several ways to reduce traffic in Gaza, with one of the options to operate a sea transport line, al-Eisawi said. more