IDF Deploys Iron Dome Battery in Ashdod, Fearing Attacks Over Hunger-striker

Islamic Jihad has already threatened a harsh response if Allaan's condition deteriorates further.

Gili Cohen
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Palestinian and Israeli-Arab protestors hold posters of Mohammed Allaan. August 9, 2015.Credit: AFP
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

The Israel Defense Forces has deployed an Iron Dome battery in the southern city of Ashdod, fearing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip if the condition of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allaan should worsen.

The defense establishment has assessed that if Allaan dies, violence may escalate in both Gaza and the West Bank.

Allaan, an Islamic Jihad member, was put under administrative detention in November after Israeli security officials claimed to have amassed "severe" intelligence information regarding Islamic Jihad plans to carry out attacks.

Barzilai Medical Center said Wednesday that Allaan's condition has improved slightly, and that he was now conscious and no longer on a ventilator.

The Islamic Jihad has already threated a harsh response if Allaan's condition deteriorates further.

Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday froze the administrative order for Allaan's detention, after the prisoner was hospitalized in critical condition more than two months into his hunger strike.

According to the court ruling, Allaan would remain in the intensive care unit at the Barzilai Medical Center, and if it is discovered that he suffered neurological damage, the administrative order would be revoked altogether.

Allaan's condition has deteriorated earlier that day and doctors decided to put him under full sedation again. Earlier Wednesday, the state said that Allaan's damage was to be found to be irreversible, he would be released from detention. An MRI indicated that this was already the case, but further assessment on that matter was still necessary.