Friday, August 3, 2007

11,000 Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails go on hunger strike

Palestinian Information Center - August 2, 2007

TULKARM, (PIC)-- More than 11,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli occupation jails went on a two-day hunger strike starting Wednesday to protest the death of internee Shadi Al-Sa'eedi due to medical neglect.

The Nafha society catering for human and prisoners' rights reported that all Palestinian prisoners have agreed on the hunger strike to mourn and protest the death of Sa'eedi, who hails from Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

Sa'eedi was proclaimed dead in an Israeli prison hospital after deliberate delay in treating him, drawing large-scale condemnations on the part of the relatives of prisoners and human rights organizations in Palestine and abroad.

The prisoners held the Israeli prisons authority fully responsible for the martyrdom of Sa'eedi and called for strong moves to prevent recurrence of death due to medical neglect in Israeli prisons.

They also invited the world community to probe the medical files of sick internees, who are the victims of intentional neglect.

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