2 UNRWA employees on hunger strike taken to hospital
Published Monday 27/01/2014 (updated) 28/01/2014 10:45
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two UNRWA employees on a hunger strike were taken to the hospital on Monday, the 56th day of the refuge agency employees strike.
Mohammad al-Atawna, director of media at the Palestinian Workers' Union, said hunger strikers Talal Imrezeq, 35, from Hebron and Naser Bazoor, 47, from Nablus were taken to hospitals after their health deteriorated.
They are among 28 UNRWA employees on a hunger strike throughout the West Bank for the last 30 days.
Hunger strikers Abdullah Mahmoud Matar, 35, and Hassan Mohammad al-Butma, 47, were taken to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron after fainting, and only agreed to take intravenous supplements (water, salt, and minerals).
They later returned to a protest tent and continued the strike.
A demonstration was held on Monday in support of the UNRWA employees in Dar al-Mualemeen field in Ramallah.
Thousands participated in the demonstration including dozens of representatives of factions, national and civil institutes, al-Atawna said.
Labor Minister Ahmad Majdalani said that the government and the PLO executive committee launched an initiative days ago with UNRWA chief Filippo Grandi’s letter as the basis of talks.
Head of the UNRWA employees union Shaker al-Rashq said during the demonstration in Ramallah that the strike will end after their demands are met, and he held UNRWA responsible for the lives of hunger strikers.