Palestinian woman on hunger strike in prison

February 27, 2012 18:19

RAMALLAH - A Palestinian woman, released by Israel in a prisoner swap last year but re-arrested earlier this month and held without charge, is on a hunger strike to protest her treatment, officials said on Monday.

Hana Shalabi started refusing to eat 12 days ago, her lawyer and a Palestinian prisoner's organization said, becoming the second Palestinian detainee to go on a hunger strike in quick succession.

Israel struck a deal last week with Khader Adnan, who is a member of the militant Islamic Jihad movement, persuading him to end his 66-day fast after assuring him that he would be released in April from his detention without trial.

Shalabi, 30, is also a member of Islamic Jihad, which is committed to Israel's destruction.

She was seized from her home in the West Bank on Feb. 16 and has complained of repeated mistreatment. Her lawyer said she has been put in solitary confinement as punishment for the hunger strike.

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