Video shows Al-Qiq in excrutiating pain

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A video that was published on social networks on Monday night has shown the hunger striker, Mohammad Al-Qiq suffering excruciating pain and spasms after 83 days of open hunger strike in protest of administrative detention.

Al-Qiq is now in the Israeli HaEmek hospital, and Israeli Occupation Authorities refuse to move him to Ramallah hospitals.

Human Rights organizations, including Intrerntional Solidarity Movement, have called on the immediate release of Al-Qiq, saying that he is facing death any minute now.

On Saturday, doctors in HaEmek said that Al-Qiq has been showing stroke symptoms , and that his weak and fatigued body cannot resist any stroke regardless of its nature.

One week ago, the journalist and administrative prisoner refused an Israeli offer to release him on May 1 in return for suspending his hunger strike.

Al-Qiq, reporter for the Saudi-owned TV channel Almajd and a father of two,  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.

His 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.

Mohammed, 33,  is one of 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including 660 administrative detainees and 18 journalists. Nearly all are tortured during interrogations by Israeli occupation forces.

Under international law, administrative detention is only permissible as a last resort and in cases of an immediate threat.

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