Health of Palestinians on hunger strike causes concern for UN Committee

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Human Rights Council.UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The reported worsening health condition of more than 75 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike has caused "grave concerns" for a United Nations Committee dealing with the human rights of Palestinians.

The detainees are protesting against Israel's continued use of administrative detention.

The policy allows Israeli authorities to detain people indefinitely without giving explicit reasons.

A first group of about 100 Palestinian detainees launched a peaceful protest on 24 April and were later joined by more people.

There now 290 detainees on hunger strike and more are expected to join in the coming weeks.

The UN Special Committee urged the Israeli authorities to heed the demand of the hunger strikers to end the detention policy.

Members of the Committee on Thursday concluded a fact-finding visit to Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egypt which started on 1 June.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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