Prisoners society: Saadat loses 10 kilos in strike

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October 18, 2011

Ahmed Saadat is on hunger strike with Palestinians in Israeli custody.

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fares Qaddura, head of the Palestinian prisoners society, says the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine will enter his 23rd day on hunger strike Wednesday.

Ahmad Saadat is refusing to back down until the demands of the strike are met, although he has lost 10 kilos in prison as he is surviving on just water, according to a society lawyer who visited Ramle prison Tuesday.

Israeli prison officials agreed to transfer Saadat to hospital for treatment, prison activists say. He will be returned to a normal cell at Ramle prison, after spending three years in isolation, according to the representatives.

Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ohalei Kedar jail, meanwhile, have agreed to suspend their hunger strike for three days, representatives of the detainees said Tuesday. They suspended the strike after authorities agreed to end the policy of solitary confinement, a statement said.

The agreement also stipulated that prisoners would be subject to less stringent jail policies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had worsened jail conditions to pressure Hamas to release Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who returned to Israel on Tuesday.

If the prison authorities do not implement the agreement, the hunger strike will resume after three days, the statement said.

Detainees minister in Ramallah Issa Qaraqe told the official Wafa news agency on Monday that prisoners had suspended a three-week hunger strike after Israeli authorities agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement.

Prisoners went on hunger strike on Sept. 27 to protest their treatment in Israeli jails.

According to recent estimates from the Palestinian Authority, there are currently 6,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.

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