Lawyer: Palestinian hunger striker’s health deteriorating

The health of a Palestinian journalist detained by Israel who has been on a 63-day hunger strike is deteriorating, lawyers and supporters said Tuesday, while the Israeli hospital where he is being held said his condition has not changed significantly in recent days.

Attorney Jawad Boulos said 33-year-old Mohammed al-Qeq is struggling to speak and open his eyes while shackled to his hospital bed. “He could die at any time,” Boulos said. Al-Qeq is refusing food to protest his six-month imprisonment without trial or charges, an Israeli practice known as administrative detention. The Shin Bet says al-Qeq is involved in terrorism activities linked to the militant Hamas movement.



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