Following a visit of the 3 hunger strikers today by an
Independent doctor from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), it is our belief that a swift and resolute intervention is needed if we wish to try and save their lives.
PHR Israel's volunteer doctor visiting them today, had determined that the all hunger strikers must be immediately transferred to a public hospital for comprehensive medical query of their severe conditions. Imminent life danger hovering over the three hunger-striker detainees - Sammer Al-Bark on his 112 day, Hassan Safadi on his 82 day and Ayman Sharawni on his 72 days.
PHR-Israel reiterates their grave concernfor the life and health of three hunger strikers. The advanced physical damage recorded by the independent doctor in the visit today raises grave concern for maltreatment and neglect by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) doctors.
The independent doctor reports severe deterioration of their health condition, and advanced physical damage. the doctor reported that all three hunger strikers suffers fromextreme weight loss, muscle weakness, significant decline in gross motor strength and loss of muscle tissuesevere dizziness;Daily bleeding in oral cavity; Unable to carry out simple daily activities like showering and other tasks; extreme low blood pressure; slow pulse; blurred vision; suffered from severalincidents of dizziness and fainting that caused falling.
Of special alert is the fact that the IPS medical staff was extremely hostile in its conduct with PHR Israel's independent doctor, and did everything within its power to withhold medical information and intimidate the doctor. Also of deep concern is the fact that the hospital to which they were referred examined only those factors requested by the IPS and seems to overlooked complaints or other factors in the detainees' condition – let alone order their hospitalization rather than returning them to the prison. This conduct, PHR Israel fears, puts their health and lives in further risk.
Al Bark and Safadi - both administrative detainees – shall be immediately released, in accordance with the agreement according to which administrative detention orders shall not be extended.
Ayman Sharawni was released as part of the exchange deal that brought about the release of corporate Shalit. He was rearrested under and detained without charges or trial under a special military committee that has the authority to abolish a release and order a detention (military order number 11/186). PHR Israel believes that this is an administrative detention in a different guise and that Sharawni must be released.
PHR Israel asks that you shall do your utmost to bring about a life-saving resolution to the hunger strike.