TEL AVIV, May 15, 2012 (WAFA) - Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) warned that long-term hunger strikers will need to be re-fed under strict hospital supervision to avoid life endangering complications, a PHR-Israel press release said Tuesday.
PHR-Israel emphasized that long-term hunger strikers’ life are still in danger, as the process of re-feeding carries grave risks.
It said that Israel Prison Service medical center, which is not a hospital – is incapable of giving them the adequate necessary care, also because it has no ability to cope with emergency situation that might occur.
Independent doctors called for transfer of the prisoners to civil hospital, and recommend that the re-feeding process of all hunger strikers – even those in the prisons – will be done with professional advice.
It, however, expressed joy to learn of the agreement that brought about the peaceful and life-saving resolution of the hunger strike of the Palestinian inmates.
Director of Prisoners and Detainees Department in the organization, Anat Litvin, said, “We hope the agreement will indeed lead to the respect of the inmates human rights, including an end to Israel’s abuse of administrative detention, an end to the harmful practice of solitary confinement, and the renewal of family visits from the Gaza Strip and of families from the West Bank that were prevented entry until now.”