WEST BANK (MEMO) – Palestinian detainee, Khalil Awawdeh, held by the Zionist regime has been rushed to a hospital following serious health complications, reported Wafa news agency.
Friday marked 99th day of his hunger strike to protest his so-called administrative detention in the Zionist regime’s jail, without trial or charge.
Khalil, a father of four, was detained on 27 December 2021, and held under ‘administrative detention’ – a policy that allows the regime authorities to detain anyone for six months without charge or trial, which can be extended indefinitely.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), the 40-year-old was urgently transferred from Ramleh Prison in central parts of the occupied territories after his health suddenly deteriorated.
Following his difficulty in speaking and communicating, in addition to severe pain throughout his body, especially in his lower limbs and muscles, he was transferred from administrative detention in Ofer Prison to Ramleh Prison clinic, which is called “the slaughterhouse” by Palestinian prisoners.
Khalil lost over 16 kilograms as a result of his refusal to take any food, supplements, vitamins or salt water for more than three months, added PPS.
The Zionist regime has escalated the use of administrative detention against Palestinians as part of the war against them.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila said Palestinian hospitals are suffering acute shortages of medicine due to the occupying regime’s siege and limited international donations.
This came during a meeting with the Medical Task Group held in Ramallah in the presence of the European Union, the U.S., the United Nations and international bank officials.
“Like all other sectors, the Palestinian health sector suffers from great shortages due to the financial siege imposed by the occupation, as well as the weak international donations,” the minister explained.