Palestinians on 73-day hunger strike said to be gravely ill

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Posted: Dec 12, 2016 6:37 AM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An activist says two Palestinians held without charges by Israel are "between life and death" after 73 days on a hunger strike.

Qadoura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said on Monday that 19-year-old Anas Shadid and 29-year-old Ahmad Abu Fara could "die at any minute."

The pair's lawyer, Ahlam Haddad, says the Israel Prison Authority unilaterally suspended the detention last month, but that her clients continued their hunger strike at an Israeli hospital, demanding release without conditions.

The Israel Prison Service declined comment.

Several Palestinians in recent years have staged prolonged hunger strikes to protest detentions without trial.

European diplomats have expressed concern over Israel's use such detentions, saying last week that more than 700 Palestinians, or twice as many as 18 months ago, are currently held without charges.