Palestinian prisoner enters uncharted territory with 89-day hunger strike

RAMALLAH – An advocacy group says a Palestinian detainee has entered uncharted medical territory with a hunger strike of 89 days — longer than fasts by other Palestinians or by Irish prisoners in 1981.

Amani Dayif of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said Monday that Mohammed al-Qiq’s condition is rapidly deteriorating. She says no one else “has survived this much” time. Al-Qiq launched his hunger strike Nov. 25 to win release from administrative detention. His fate has been discussed in recent top-level meetings, including on Sunday by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry.



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