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Palestinian PM meets with family of imprisoned hunger-striking journalist

Jan. 31, 2016 8:45 P.M. (Updated: March 10, 2016 6:34 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the head of the Palestinian Authority’s Committee of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe met on Sunday with the family of hunger striking prisoner Muhammad al-Qiq.

Hamdallah said the Palestinian government was exerting all efforts to obtain the immediate and unconditional release of al-Qiq, who has been on a hunger strike for 69 days to protest his ongoing administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge.

On Saturday, a report by the HaEmek Hospital, where al-Qiq has been detained since his condition worsened, confirmed that the Palestinian journalist was in a critical state and had lost his ability to speak.

Hamdallah told al-Qiq’s family that the PA had contacted a number of international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, to pressure Israel to release al-Qiq or to allow his family to visit him.

The Israeli Supreme Court delayed on Wednesday its decision on whether or not to release al-Qiq, approving to continue the detainee’s administrative detention until his medical condition had been examined.

In a statement from released on Saturday, al-Qiq reiterated his commitment to his hunger strike.

“When people are been treated tyrannically, they are no longer worried about the consequences even if the toll is life. Thus, I entrusted myself in God’s hands and I will continue with this hunger strike, until martyrdom or freedom,” al-Qiq said.
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