WEST BANK (Press TV) – An Israeli court has turned down a request filed by lawyers of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras for his transfer to a hospital in the occupied West Bank.
The occupying regime’s higher court of justice ruled that al-Akhras had no right to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Information Center reported.
Reacting to the ruling, the resistance group Islamic Jihad’s Muhjat al-Quds Foundation for Prisoners accused Israeli authorities of endangering the lives of the prisoners and described the verdict as a slow death sentence against al-Akhras, who is now in his fourth month of hunger strike in the Zionist regime’s custody.
Several international organizations have demanded the occupying regime release Akhras, who entered the 95th consecutive day of his open-ended hunger strike on Thursday in protest against his administrative detention.
The United Nations recently urged the regime to put an end to the practice of administrative detention and immediately release Akhras.
Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, called on the regime to end administrative detention, in which Israel keeps detainees for up to six months, a period which can be extended an infinite number of times, sometimes for years.
Lynk also called on the Zionist regime "to abolish” the practice of administrative detention and free those detainees it has placed behind bars in its prisons.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the inmate was entering a medically "critical phase.”
Physicians have already warned of damage to several organs of the Palestinian prisoner’s body, such as the kidneys, liver, and heart, adding that the inmate’s senses of hearing and speaking have also been affected.
The 49-year-old Palestinian prisoner, the father of six children, was detained on July 27 and held under the administrative detention order, with no charge. This has led him start a hunger strike in an attempt to seek justice.
Currently more than 7,000 of Palestinian prisoners are reportedly being held in 24 Israeli prisons and detention centers.
In July, the regime’s so-called supreme court ruled that Palestinians held in Israeli jails had no right to social distancing protection against COVID-19.
Palestinian prisoners are subjected to degrading conditions, including administrative detention, solitary confinement, and bans on family visits.