A total of 76 Palestinian prisoners were taken to Israeli hospitals Tuesday to be treated for deteriorated health as the result of a month-long hunger strike.
The Israeli Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said that an additional 36 prisoners participating in the hunger strike had been taken to hospitals the previous day.
Despite the fact that the mass hunger strike has reached a critical leve, the Palestinian prisoners have no intention of giving up, according to Shawan Jabarin, head of Palestinian rights group Al Haq.
"The next 24 hours are critical. The prisoners are very determined and prefer to die in dignity rather than continue to be imprisoned in inhumane conditions," Jabarin said.
More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have been on a hunger strike since April 17, known as Palestinian Prisoners' Day.
Those on strike demand more humane treatment and better conditions in prison facilities including more frequent family visits, improved medical care, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention practices, but Israeli authorities have thus far refused to negotiate.
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