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Prisoners: Hunger Strike Reached Point Of No Return

Prisoners: Hunger Strike Reached Point Of No Return
09-05-2012,01:00

GAZA (Agencies) - A Palestinian hunger striker who has gone without food for 70 days said Tuesday he had no plans to back down despite suffering severe medical complications. 

Thaer Halahla, 33, from Hebron, wrote in a letter published by a prisoner rights group that he was suffering rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, and bleeding from the nose and gums. 

"My weight today is 55 out of 83 kilos before the strike, and my hair is falling out along with muscle atrophy," he added, according to the Muhjat al-Quds group which distributed Halahla's letter. 

The detainee, one of over 300 Palestinians held by Israel without charge or trial, called for more support as hundreds of prisoners refuse food in Israeli jails in a bid for better treatment. 

"We did not go into the battle because we love to be hungry or in pain, but for our dignity and the dignity of our nation," Halahla wrote. 

He also thanked supporters who showed up for his latest court hearing. 

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday rejected Halahla's appeal along with that of Bilal Diab, 27, from Jenin. Both detainees have been on hunger strike since Feb. 29. 

Hundreds of prisoners joined a group of hunger-strikers on April 17 protesting detention without charge. Around 2,000 are now taking part in the strike, rights groups say.

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