Red Cross Chief Affirms Efforts toward Palestinians Hunger Strike

The President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer.

Cairo, 14 Sha’ban 1438/11 May 2017 (MINA) – The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer affirmed Wednesday on the committee’s efforts for Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, based on the fourth Geneva Convention agreement, KUNA reported.

A statement issued by the Arab League said that Arab League Secretary General Ahmad AbulGheit received a letter from Maurer in response to his previous letter to urgently intervene and stop the various violations against the Palestinian prisoners.

The statement noted the letter detailed procedures conducted by Red Cross as soon the strike began, including contacting the prisoners themselves.

Last April, AbulGheit urged the Red Cross to intervene with Israeli authorities to halt the constant abuse of Palestinian prisoners.

The move came as more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners entered the 10th day of a hunger strike over demands ranging from improved medical care to greater access in contacting their relatives. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)