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Palestinians warn Israel over hunger striker health

Khadar Adnan was hospitalized several days ago, and he is continuing his protest against the conditions of his imprisonment

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The Palestinian government on Tuesday warned that it held Israel responsible for hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan “in danger of dying” after 36 days of protest.

“Israel is entirely responsible for the life of prisoners in administrative detention,” it said in a statement, referring to a procedure under which Israel can hold Palestinian prisoners indefinitely for renewable six-month periods.

Adnan was “in danger of dying,” it added.

The prisoner was hospitalized several days ago, and he is continuing his protest against the conditions of his imprisonment, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

Two other prisoners are also staging a hunger strike -- Mohammed Rashdan, who is protesting against being deprived of family visits, and Ayman al-Sharbati, an east Jerusalem resident placed in solitary confinement.

Administrative detention is a procedure dating back to the British Mandate of Palestine (1920-1948) under which prisoners can be held for six-month periods, which can be indefinitely renewed by court order.