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On his 97th day of hunger strike, administrative detainee in Israel, Maher al-Akhras, is in critical condition

On his 97th day of hunger strike demanding his release from prison, Palestinian administrative detainee in Israel, Maher al-Akhras, is in critical condition, today said prisoners’ advocates.

Hassan Abed Rabbo, from the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, told WAFA that al-Akhras may experience a sudden relapse in one of his vital organs due to deficiency of salts and fluids in his body, and his refusal to take nutritional supplements.

He said al-Akhras, who is being kept at Kaplan hospital in Israel, suffers from severe fatigue and began to feel pain in his heart. His hearing and speech are affected, he suffers from seizures, severe pain all over his body, and from blurred vision and severe headache.

Abed Rabbo said there is a real concern that this will affect the vital functions of his body organs, such as kidneys, liver and heart, and therefore his life is at risk at any moment.

Al-Akhras, 49, a father of six, is from the northern West Bank city of Jenin. He was detained on July 27 and slammed with a four-month administrative detention order without any clear charges and based on secret evidence not available even to his lawyers.

He immediately went on hunger strike demanding his release from prison.

Attempts by his attorneys to have him spend the rest of his detention period at a Palestinian hospital have so far failed to yield results with the Israeli High Court insisting to keep him at an Israel hospital while refusing to end his illegal detention.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)

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