Wednesday, 17 February 2016

PA: Israel concealed prisoner's hunger strike for 43 days


The Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners' Affairs on Tuesday accused Israel of concealing a 43-day long hunger strike being undertaken by a Palestinian prisoner.

Hanan al-Khatib, a lawyer with the committee, said the Israeli authorities had attempted to keep prisoner Muhammad al-Mahr out of the public eye by not notifying any of the appropriate Palestinian authorities that he was on hunger strike.

Khatib visited al-Mahr at a hospital in Tiberias in northern Israel on Tuesday, where she said the man's arms and legs were cuffed to his bed.

It was unclear when al-Mahr was transferred from prison to the civilian hospital.

Al-Mahr was arrested on Nov. 2 for alleged possession of a knife with the intention of assaulting Israeli soldiers near a military checkpoint in Jenin.

He denies the charges and went on hunger strike to demand his release from Israeli custody.

Palestinians regularly go on hunger strike to protest their prison sentences and conditions.more

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