The head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, called for Palestinians to participate in a “day of rage” in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners, in a statement released Tuesday.
The health of hunger-striking prisoner, Bilal Kayed, has continued to deteriorate at a rapid pace, according to Qaraqe, as Kayed enters his 62nd day without food, saying after a visit with the hunger striker that Kayed has “turned into a skeleton.”
He added that Kayed continued to suffer from severe exhaustion, the inability to speak, hear, see, or walk, while also experiencing serious pain in his stomach, lungs, and kidney. He is also handcuffed to his bed at Israel’s Barzilai hospital since his health deteriorated last month.
Issa Qaraqe (prisoners portfolio): the health of hunger-striking prisoner Bilal Kayed is now at most dangerous phase https://t.co/lCwxxuPi5s
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Qaraqe said that Thursday would be declared a “day of rage” in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.
Kayed is a prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). After being sentenced to six months of administrative detention on the day he was expected to be released from a 14.5-year prison sentence, he declared an open hunger strike.
— Palestine Foundation (@plfpak) August 16, 2016
PFLP-affiliated prisoners across Israel’s prisons launched solidarity hunger strikes to support Kayed, with at least 100 Palestinian prisoners participating as of Monday.
Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have recently banned at least 54 Palestinians from family visitations.