43 Days on, Hossam Ruzza continues his hunger strike amidst health complications

Printer-friendly versionPDF version
01 May 2019

Addameer - Ramallah: Forty-three days into his hunger strike, prisoner Hossam Ruzza, 61 years old from Nablus, faces a new deterioration in his health condition, as confirmed by Addameer lawyer following a visit to Ruzza in the Ramlah prison compound, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.


Addameer's lawyer confirmed that the prisoner had lost 25 kilograms since he began his strike on March 19. His blood glucose level has dropped to 60, as he has begun to suffer from poor blood pumping and liver complications. Ruzza also suffers from stomach and waist pain and difficulty to sleep, although his heart is stable. The prison administration transferred prisoner Ruzza to the medical section in the Ramleh prison compound, where he underwent medical tests for blood, urine, pressure, sugar and heartbeat.


The occupation forces arrested Hossam Ruzza on 17 April last year and issued an administrative detention order against him, which was extended 3 times. He has passed more than a year in administrative detention. Hossam Ruzza continues his open hunger strike, insisting on his demand for his immediate release, while the Addameer lawyer appealed the decision to extend his last detention.


Addameer continues to follow up the case of prisoner Hossam Ruzza, renewing its call on the international community to pressure the occupying state until the release of all the administrative detainees. Especially Hossam Ruzza, as well as Mohammad Tabanga, who has been on hunger strike since 25 March 2019, Hassan Awewi and Odeh Huroub, both on hunger strike since 2 April 2019, all in protest of their administrative detention. Addameer also call upon all contracting parties to the fourth Geneva convention to pressure the occupying state in order to end the administrative detention policy, practiced by the occupation authorities in violation of all international law norms. A practice that represents a tool of vengeance and torture against Palestinian prisoners.