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May 27, 2012

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Maan News Agency | May 27, 2012

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A prisoner on hunger strike for 70 days is suffering deteriorating health, the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs warned Sunday.

Mahmoud al-Sarsak, a 25-year-old soccer player in Palestine’s national team, has been on hunger strike since March 19 in protest at his detention without charge.

Al-Sarsak was detained in July 2009 while leaving the Gaza Strip to join his team in the West Bank He was interrogated for 30 days in Ashkelon prison.

After Israeli intelligence failed to find any charge against him, he was detained under the “unlawful combatant law,” the ministry said in a statement.

Al-Sarsak is the only prisoner in Israel detained under the “unlawful combatant law,” under which detainees are held without charge or trial.

It provides “even fewer legal protections than Palestinians held in administrative detention,” the prisoner rights group Addameer says.

The ministry says…

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