RAMALLAH, February 1 (JMCC) - An ethical committee has told prison officials to administer salt and sugar to a Palestinian prisoner on his second month of a hunger strike, reports the Jerusalem Post
Khader Adnan has refused to eat since his arrest from his village of Arrabe in the West Bank on December 17. His condition has worsened since he also began refusing to drink water.
The [Israel Prison Service] said Tuesday that Hadar Adnan, who has been on a hunger strike since his arrest on December 17 in the West Bank village of Arrabe, met with the ethics committee and a Muslim clergyman, who told him that they are considering giving him infusions. He then was given a potassium pill and returned to the Prisons Service medical facility.
The IPS said that Adnan is on a hunger strike because he asserts he is innocent and that shortly after his strike began he was taken for medical treatment by the Prisons Service, but refused to be examined.
Monday night’s ruling follows one made by the Medical Ethics Committee on January 17 that concluded that Adnan did not want to die, and therefore the Prisons Service could not forcibly give him medical treatment.
On Sunday, according to the IPS, Adnan made the decision to stop drinking water as well, a decision they said made the risk to his life more serious.