Palestinian Detainee, 89 Days Into Hunger Strike, Enters Uncharted Medical Territory

The strike of Mohammed Al-Qiq, who stopped eating on Nov. 25 in protest of being held without charges, is longer than fasts by other Palestinians or by Irish prisoners in 1981.

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Mohammed al-Qiq in the hospital.
Mohammed al-Qiq in the hospital. Credit: AP
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An advocacy group says a Palestinian detainee has entered uncharted medical territory with a hunger strike of 89 days - longer than fasts by other Palestinians or by Irish prisoners in 1981.

Amani Dayif of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said Monday that Mohammed al-Qiq's condition is rapidly deteriorating. She says no one else "has survived this much" time.

The case of al-Qiq, an activist in the Islamic militant group Hamas, highlights Israel's divisive practice of holding Palestinians without charge or trial, usually people suspected of militant activities.

Al-Qiq launched his hunger strike Nov. 25 to win release from such detention.

His fate has been discussed in recent top-level meetings, including on Sunday by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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