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May 5, 2012

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Al Akhbar Friday, May 4, 2012

A leader of Hamas on Friday warned Israel there would be consequences if any of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike dies in jail.

“You must realize that the hunger strike isn’t a party, and we could be surprised by the death of some of them,” Khalil al-Haya said at a solidarity tent for the strikers in the center of Gaza City.

“If that happens, you can expect both the expected and the unexpected from us,” he said.

Two Palestinians, Bilal Diab, 34, and 27-year-old Thaer Halahla, have been on hunger strike for 66 days.

The two have been joined on hunger strike by at least 1,550 Palestinian prisoners, the bulk of whom began refusing food on April 17.

“We are [prepared] to ready armies to free our prisoners…We have the means to mobilize and for combat,” Haya said.

The two men are protesting…

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