Bahraini activist on hunger strike moved to hospital

April 4, 2012 16:11


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DUBAI - A jailed Bahraini activist who has been on hunger strike for 56 days has been moved to a police hospital as his health deteriorates, raising fears for his life, the government and his lawyer said.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was moved to a clinic of the Public Security Fort for observation, the Information Affairs Authority, a government media body, said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said he was moved after losing 10 kg (20 pounds) in weight with low haemoglobin, though not at critical levels. He was taken to a military hospital last week for one day.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said Khawaja, who is striking to protest against his incarceration, had decided to take only water from now on. He had been drinking a chemical mix including glucose.

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