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Samer Issawi transferred to hospital
Published Wednesday 27/02/2013 (updated) 02/03/2013 18:36
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Prison authorities transferred detainee Samer Issawi from Ramle prison to a hospital in Israel after 210 days on hunger strike, an Israeli official said late Wednesday.

Sivan Weizman, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prison Service, told Ma'an that Issawi was taken to Kaplan medical center in Rahavot, but she said his condition was stable and the move was unrelated to any specific decline.

"He's been on hunger strike for a long time, and medical staff at the IPS decided to move him," Weissman said. "It's better that he be in a hospital."

Palestinian Authority prisoners minister Issa Qaraqe confirmed that Issawi had been hospitalized.

"The Israeli side has begun dialogue today to find a solution to this issue, but so far they have not presented an acceptable offer," Qaraqe told reporters in Ramallah, adding that Issawi and Ayman Sharawna had refused an offer to be freed and deported.

Aside from a brief suspension in December, Sharawna has been on hunger strike since July.

Issawi and Sharawna were rearrested after being granted amnesty in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Israeli military prosecutors are trying to reinstate their former sentences.

Earlier Tuesday, Qaraqe said the Palestinian Authority had requested Cairo's intervention to secure the prisoners' release.

Egypt brokered the 2011 prisoner exchange, and has been in constant contact with Israel over the hunger strikers, but "until now there are no results," Qaraqe said.
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1 ) shirleyS / Australia
27/02/2013 21:39
shameful and disgraceful while red cross and UN and world watches on and what about ABU SISI PA anmd MAAN and pals all forgetabout his on going tyradegy still in solitary confinment and promised in prisoner deal to be moved out of solitary confinment this man will die there

2 ) Zainab / UK
27/02/2013 23:01
"He's been on hunger strike for a long time ..," Weissman said. "It's better that he be in a hospital." - It would be even better if Samer Issawi & Ayman Sharawna were at home, free with their families, as this was the deal brokered by Egypt in 2011. The solution is simple, end this now & let them go home free. They do not wish to relocate to Gaza, nor do they wish to be deported there, they just wish to be free to travel through Palestine as they wish, just like people in the 'free' world do.

3 ) Julie / USA
27/02/2013 23:53
total starvation for TWO HUNDRED TEN days is "stable" per izrahell. that says it all. CLEARLY they have absolutely zero knowledge of any kind of physiology or human medicine.

4 ) prison / Jail
01/03/2013 16:32
More imprisoned terrorists are on hunger strike - more prison administration can save on food. It is very economical way to run the prison system in the time of world economic crisis.

5 ) Tobias / USA
05/03/2013 13:59
Since the UN is only "'shocked' by hanging of 2 Palestinians in Syria", any
meaningful UN INVOLVEMENT in Israel's prison clashes or even deaths is
FAR FROM LIKELY, and the same is true for the Issue of Pal Statehood,
so if Palestinians want a real state, they must plan to negotiate for it !!!!
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