Sanaa Balboul, the mother of hunger-striking brothers, Mahmoud and Muhammad Balboul, was able to visit her sons on Sunday for the first time since they were arrested by Israeli soldiers after a raid on their home on July 9.
The visit to the intensive care unit of Israel’s Wolfson Medical Center, where both Mahmoud and Muhammad are being treated, was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
A video shows a visibly weak Muhammad embracing his mother for the first time in more than two months. However, due to a severe deterioration in his health, Mahmoud remained asleep throughout the visit.
Meanwhile, Malik al-Qadi, the third Palestinian prisoner hunger striking against Israel’s policy of administrative detention remained in a coma on Sunday, on his 57th day. He is also in the intensive care unit of Wolfson Medical Center.
On Friday, an Israeli court temporarily suspended al-Qadi’s administrative detention, just one day after the suspension of the Balboul brothers’ detentions. In all three cases, the courts said the sentences would be suspended until the health of the three men improves.
However, all three prisoners have steadfastly committed to their hunger strikes until they are completely released from administrative detention.
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The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Sunday that a law that permits force feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is constitutional, rejecting petitions filed last year by the Israel Medical Association (IMA) and by several human rights groups who argued the law contravened medical law and ethics regarding patients’ rights.