Hunger-Striking Prisoner, Now Unconscious, Could Test Israeli Law

August 14, 2015 11:32 AM

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Hunger-Striking Prisoner, Now Unconscious, Could Test Israeli Law

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike, who could pose the first test of a new law in Israel allowing detainees to be force fed, was placed on an artificial respirator and given infusions after his lungs stopped working and he had seizures on Friday.

There were fears that violent demonstrations could erupt as the health of the prisoner, Mohammad Allan, who began a hunger strike 60 days ago, deteriorated sharply. Mr. Allan, a 31-year-old lawyer, began his hunger strike on June 16 to protest his indefinite incarceration without known charges.

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