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Hunger striker Rikhawi in critical health condition

Hunger striker Rikhawi in critical health condition

RAMALLAH - Detainee Akram Rikhawi, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli jails for more than three months, is in a very critical health condition, the ministry of prisoners said on Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that Rikhawi, 48, could no longer move and has been transferred to Ramle prison clinic after he suffered a stroke.

It noted that Rikhawi, who has been in Israeli detention since 2004, was adamant on his hunger strike that entered its 93rd day, the longest by a detainee in human history.

The ministry pointed out that the Israeli military court would discuss in a hearing this week the release of Samer Al-Barq, also on hunger strike for 77 days, on condition that he would be deported to Jordan, where his family lives.

It said that the Israeli military prosecution intends to demand a renewal for six months of the administrative detention of Hassan Al-Safadi, who is on hunger strike. Safadi was scheduled to be released by end of this month.


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