Red Cross concerned over Palestinian hunger striking prisoners

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over the health conditions of seven Palestinian hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails. The international body made the remarks in a statement on Saturday, saying that any solution should take into account that the hunger strikers cannot be forced to receive medical treatment or be fed. "The ICRC is particularly worried about Imad Abdelaziz Abdallah al-Batran, who has been on hunger strike for several weeks," the statement also said. Juan Pedro Schaerer, the head of the organization in the Palestinian territories, said Batran's life "is at immediate risk unless the detaining authorities find a prompt solution." Batran is being held by the Israeli regime in administrative detention. He has been on hunger strike since May 5, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said. Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time. Amani Sarahna, the club's spokesman, reportedly said Batran had been suffering from medical conditions before being imprisoned in the Israeli jails and that his health had since worsened. Sarahna also said there were eight Palestinian prisoners refusing food in Israel prisons. Earlier this month, the Palestinian Ministry for Prisoner Affairs said Israel is still holding 5,100 Palestinian detainees, including 250 children and 14 women, in 17 prisons. Palestinian prisoners have been subject to human rights violations such as torture during interrogations by Israeli prison authorities.

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