ICRC 'extremely concerned' for hunger-strikers' health

May 8, 2012 17:31

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Tuesday that it is "extremely concerned" about the deteriorating health conditions of six Palestinian prisoners who have staged a hunger strike for between 47 and 71 days, calling for their transfer to different medical facilities. The detainees are in imminent danger of death, the ICRC said in a statement.

ICRC representatives and medical staff have been visiting the Palestinian detainees since they began their hunger strike.

In its statement, the ICRC called on Israel "to transfer all six detainees without delay to a suitable hospital so that their condition can be continuously monitored and so that they can receive specialized medical and nursing care," head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the Palestinian territories Juan Pedro Schaerer wrote.

He also uged Israel to allow family visits for the hunger-strikers.

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