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  2/16/2013, Adar 6, 5773

EU Expresses Concern Over Prisoners on Hunger Strike


The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to respect its human rights obligations towards Palestinian-Arab prisoners, saying it was concerned about the condition of four detainees on a long-term hunger strike.

The European Union is "following with concern" the worsening health conditions of Samer Assawi, Jaafar Ezzedine, Ayman Sharawneh and Tareq Qaadan, who are all staging long-term hunger strikes, the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement, AFP reported.

"The EU calls on the government of Israel to allow for the immediate restoration of their family visiting rights and calls for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian detainees and prisoners," she said.

PA prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqe said in a statement on Saturday that Israel was responsible for the prisoners' well-being.