BEIRUT: Prominent Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti and 60 other Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons were transferred to hospitals Wednesday, as they entered their 38th day of hunger strike, Barghouti’s brother told The Daily Star.
Muqbel Barghouti said that Marwan had been transferred to a temporary clinic for a few hours before being moved back to his cell in Jalameh prison. He added that they had been unable to speak with Marwan directly but received the news through an Israeli news agency and believed it to be credible.
Muqbel Barghouti also said they had no further information about Marwan’s health as they remain unable to visit him.
Lawyers from the Palestinian Prisoner’s society, who have previously visited some of the over 900 detainees on hunger strike in prison, said 60 strikers were transferred to hospitals after a marked decline in their health, WAFA news agency said.
Marwan’s lawyer, Qadr Shuqayrat, was allowed to visit him on the 28th day of the hunger strike, his brother added.
The Palestinian leader previously told Shuqayrat that moral was high and that the hunger strike would continue until the Israelis agree to negotiate with the detainees, Muqbel Barghouti said. Israeli authorities continue to refuse to open a dialog over prisoners’ demands.
“Marwan said they will fight for their rights until the last breath.” Muqbel added. “His lawyer didn’t know what to expect when he went to meet him, but Marwan came out with a big smile on his face,” he said, adding that he took it as a sign of strength.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 25, 2017, on page 9.