Palestinian hunger striker could die says lawyer

Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed al Qiq’s lawyer warns about his health, saying 'he could die'

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Mohammed al-Qiq’s lawyer warns about his health, saying 'he could die'

Lawyer Jawad Boulus on Monday warned about the health of his client Mohammed al-Qiq, a Palestininan journalist who went on a hunger strike approximately 61 days ago.

Mohammed al-Qiq's health is "very, very bad," he said.

"He faces the possibility of death at any moment."

Mohammed al-Qiq, a 33-year-old father of two and a correspondent for Saudi Arabia's Almajd TV network was arrested on November 21 at his home in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

He began a hunger strike on November 25 in protest against "torture and ill treatment that he was subjected to during interrogation," according to Addameer, a Palestinian human rights organisation.

According to a spokeswoman for the prison's authorities he was transferred to hospital in the Israeli city of Afula about a month ago as his organs were at risk of failure.

A controversial Israeli law passed in July allows the force-feeding of prisoners in certain circumstances, though it has not yet been invoked.

TRTWorld and agencies