Israel's prison service said today that a Palestinian prisoner who has been refusing food for the past 71 days has been transferred to a civilian hospital.
Palestinian prisoner Thaer Halahleh was hospitalised early yesterday after he refused to drink water.
Mr Halahleh is the second hunger striker to be transferred to civilian care. Bilal Diab, who was also on a 71-day hunger strike, was hospitalised last week.
The prisoners are demanding a halt to open-ended detention without trial and solitary confinement. They also want family visits from Gaza.
Around 1,600 Palestinians held by Israel have been refusing food, most for at least 21 days.
They have been inspired by Khader Adnan who was released by Israel last month after a 66-day hunger strike. “Hunger-striking was the only thing I could have done,” said Mr Adnan. “It was the only power I had: disobedience.”