60 days on hunger strike

Journalist prisoner Mohammad Al-Qiq unconscious, in critical conditions

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Head of the detainees and ex-detainees committee, Ashraf Abu Sneineh on Monday morning said that the health of journalist prisoner, Mohammad Al-Qiq is deteriorating on a fast pace, confirming the need for immediate action.

Abu Sneineh said that Al-Qiq, two months into his open hunger-strike, has now lost conscious and ability to communicate.

Abu Sneineh also pointed out unprecedented  fears that he might pass away in such conditions.

Head of the prisoners and ex-prisoners affairs, Issa Qaraqe’ said that Israel must be held accountable for Mohammad’s life, refering this deterioration to the Israeli neglect of Palestinian prisoners’ health. Qaraqe’ further demanded international pressure on Israel to halt such violations and bring justice to the Palestinian prisoners.

Al-Qiq, originally from the village of Dura, south Hebron, used to work as a reporter for the Saudi news channel “Almajd.”

He was arrested on 21 November 2015 when Israeli soldiers blew up the front door of his house and took him in for interrogation at Israel’s Kishon (Jalame) detention center.

Mohammad’s open hunger-strike, that was started on 24 November 2015, came as a protest against administrative detention in Israeli prisons for six months without any charges or court. The detention period can also be endlessly renewed every six months.

 

Two weeks ago, Mohammad fell into a coma after entering his 48th day of hunger strike, family sources revealed.

The Emek Medical Center, the hospital in Afula where he is hospitalized, has begun taking forced blood samples from his body as a prelude to force feed him, the wife quoted his lawyer as saying.

On the 46th day of his hunger strike, Mohammad has lost the ability to speak or walk, and has begun to vomit and urinate blood.

Ashraf Abu Sneina said two weeks ago that al-Qiq can barely communicate using signals. With both his legs and one arm are handcuffed to his bed at all times and he already lost 22 kilos.