Wife says health of Palestinian hunger striker worsening

By REUTERS
February 16, 2012 19:48

 
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The health of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 61 days to protest against his detention, has significantly worsened, his wife said on Thursday after visiting her husband in an Israeli hospital.

Khader Adnan, 33, a member of the militant Islamic Jihad group, has been refusing to eat since mid-December, shortly after his arrest in the West Bank by IDF forces.

Palestinian officials say it is the longest hunger strike staged by a Palestinian detainee and his Jihadist supporters have warned of violent reprisals against Israel if he dies.

"His health has drastically deteriorated from the last time I saw him," said his wife, Randa, who visited her husband on Wednesday, a week after the previous visit.

"I expect the worst," she told Reuters.

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