Prisoner Khader Adnan

Red Cross: serious deterioration in the health of hunger striker Khader Adnan

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According to the family of the detainee, Khader Adnan, who is currently on day 27 of his hunger strike, there has been a serious deterioration in his health.

The family quoted a lawyer and doctor of the Red Cross, who made an emergency visit to Ramla prison today, saying that Mr Adnan was now unable to stand and suffers from severe pain in his eyes and weakness of sight, as well as only being able to drink limited amounts of water without salt, which is all that he has allowed himself during his hunger strike.

According to a Red Cross lawyer, the Prison Administration refused to allow letters to and from the family to enter or leave the prison. Mr Adnan is also barred from seeing his lawyers unless shackled to his wheelchair.

The lawyers expect that Mr Adnan will be moved today or tomorrow morning to an Israeli hospital. The Ramla Prison clinic where he is currently located lacks both specialized and basic equipment.

Mr Adnan was kidnapped on July 8, 2014, and has since been held under Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, said IMEMC.

Adnan went on hunger strike for a week in January of this year after Israel renewed his Administrative Detention orders for the third consecutive time.

He warned that he would hold an open-ended hunger strike should Israel renew the orders, and started his current strike on May 5 after the Administrative Detention order was renewed.

Two years ago, Adnan held a 66-day hunger strike, also protesting his Administrative Detention, and only ended his strike after Israel agreed to release him in 2012.