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Ministry: Long-term hunger strikers refuse exile
Published Tuesday 18/12/2012 (updated) 25/12/2012 19:25
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two hunger-strikers in critical condition in an Israeli prison have refused exile, the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said Tuesday.

Ayman Sharawneh, 36, has been on hunger strike for 171 days and is suffering muscle spasms, memory loss and severe kidney and abdominal pains, the ministry's lawyer Fadi Abedat said.

Samer al-Issawi has refused food for 140 days in Israel's Ramle prison and was briefly hospitalized when his heart dropped to 36 beats per minute, the lawyer added.

Israeli authorities proposed releasing al-Issawi and Sharawneh to exile but both prisoners refused, Abedat said.

Israeli prison services spokeswoman Siwan Weizman said both men were still on hunger strike but that they were "both fine." Weizman told Ma'an that al-Issawi had been returned from hospital to Ramle jail.

Sharawneh and al-Issawi were rearrested after being freed in the Oct. 2011 prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas . They are on hunger strike to demand their release.

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1 ) gabi / Australia
18/12/2012 18:05
It's good and reassuring for their families and freinds to know they are receiving medical attention.

2 ) lulu / eu
18/12/2012 21:33
well, Gabi, after 171 days on hunger strike, no one can be "fine". and if you read the text again, you will see the Zionist spokeperson said Samer al-Issawi was sent back to the prison from hospital. it is a fantasy to believe that there is some medical treatment in the prison. Hana Shalabi was dragged on the floor when the Zionists "mercifully" took her to a doctor after a month on hunger strike. she was also beaten and stripped off her clothes. medical treatment at its best, indeed.

3 ) firas / ..........
18/12/2012 23:43
why not mention what happened to day.

4 ) gabi / australia
21/12/2012 03:29
sorry # 2 - but that post at # 1 is not me. This has happened before - someone impersonating pro-Palestinians to spread pro-Zionist BS - because they dont have enough supporters themselves, they have to manufacture some! They probably cheat at everything else they do too. Pathetic!
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