Palestinian prisoner suffers from 'hysteria' after hunger strike
Published Thursday 09/01/2014 (updated) 10/01/2014 16:41
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian inmate in Israel's Ofer prison suffered from "hysteria" after carrying out an extended hunger strike, a prisoners' ministry lawyer said Thursday.
Ehab al-Ghaleet, a lawyer for the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, said that Thaer Abdullah was on hunger strike for 50 days, as a result of which he was treated in Assaf Harofeh medical center.
Throughout that period Abdullah suffered from brain dehydration and had to stop his strike before he was returned to Ofer prison, al-Ghaleet said.
He added that Abdullah, who was sentenced to 6 months administrative detention, was kept in isolation in the Ramla prison infirmary.
Abdullah was brought to a psychiatrist when he returned to Ofer due to his hysteria, al-Ghaleet said.
Over 5,200 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.
Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners face many obstacles in obtaining permits to visit their imprisoned relatives.