Mohammad Allan at Barzilai hospital

Allan ends hunger-strike, his condition critical but slightly improving

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Hunger-striking prisoner Mohammad Allan on Thursday woke up from a medically induced coma and is currently in a  critical condition in the ICU at Barzilai Medical Center, IMEMC reported.

Doctors said that Allan’s health was slightly improving. However, medics decided to keep him in the ICU for several days because he requires intensive treatment in order for his health not to deteriorate further.

“Now he’s awake. He’s very weak,” Dr. Chezy Levy, the director of Barzilai hospital, told journalists. “He started to speak with those next to him.”

Maariv Israeli newspaper on Friday morning claimed that Allan’s health is becoming stable, and that doctors will try to feed him through the mouth in the coming days.

The Prisoner Affairs Committee on Thursday said that prisoner Mohammad Allan has went into a medically-induced coma, and was reported to be in a very critical condition.

Allan on Tuesday woke up from a 5-day coma which he slipped into within the 59th day of his hunger-strike. On Wednesday, he was found out to have brain damage since he could not respond to questions during meeting at the Barzilai medical center, and therefore, his detention was temporarily suspended, and his status changed from prisoner to patient.

On Wednesday, the doctors treating lawyer and prisoner Mohammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for 65 days in protest of his administrative detention, reported that he suffered brain damage, calling on the Israeli higher court to temporarily suspend his detention.

An Israeli lawyer on Wednesday told a supreme court hearing that Allan would be released immediately if he had irreversible brain damage. The prisoner will have an MRI scan, .

Allan’s lawyer said that the hunger striker was unable to reply to questions during a meeting at the Barzilai medical center where he is kept in the ICU.

Still, the Israeli supreme court – after considering the new medical evidence – issued a stop-gap ruling on Wednesday night, temporarily suspending his detention without charge, and ruling he could apply again for release if and when his condition improves.

The Israeli government had earlier said it would consider releasing Allan if he was found to have irreversible brain damage.

The suspension means that Allan’s friends and family will be able to visit him in hospital as his status changes from prisoner to patient.

Following the suspension, Israeli media reported that doctors had put Allan back into an induced coma for fear of his worsening medical condition.

His supporters and lawyers had called on Israel for his immediate release, rather than freezing it.

On Wednesday, Allan’s lawyer said that the Israeli Military Prosecutor offered that the prisoner is released on November third, in exchange with suspending his hunger strike until then.

Allan has been held by Israel without trial since November as an administrative prisoner, which means that he was arrested without being told what his charge is. The administrative confinement is 6 months than can be infinitely renewed.

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