UN Chief Urges Quick Solution to Palestinian Hunger Strike

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 'deeply concerned'for hunger strikers and called for a return to the agreement reached between Israel and the prisoner leadership in the previous strike.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging a swift solution to resolve the plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israel who are on hunger strike and being held without charges. He called for a return to the agreement reached between Israel and the prisoner leadership in May 2012 to end the previous hunger strike.

United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky said Tuesday that Ban is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating condition of the hunger strikers, especially Samer Issawi. The UN chief said Palestinian detainees should be charged and face trial or be promptly released, Nesirky said.

"The secretary-general urges for a solution to be reached without delay in order to resolve the prisoners' plight and preserve calm," he said.

Ban expressed his concerns to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recent phone conversation, Nesirky said, and also calls on Israel to ensure prisoners' family visiting rights and to respect the human rights of detainees.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Credit: AP

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