The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has threatened a “harsh response” if Ahmed Sa'adat's health worsens in prison.
The terrorist group leader was left out of the prisoner exchange deal for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit that will free 1,027 terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
In December 2008, S'adat was sentenced by an Israeli military court to 30 years in prison for the 2001 assassination of Tourism Minister Rechavam Ze'evi. The PFLP head was also responsible for a suicide bombing in Netanya that killed three Israelis in 2002.
PFLP spokesman Jamil Mizhir told the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency on Monday, “If Saadat's condition is at risk, the PFLP response will be very harsh.”
Sa'adat, 53, had been participating in a prisoner hunger strike for the past 20 days. He was admitted to the Al Ramla Prison Hospital “due to health complications,” according to a statement by Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe.
The PA official claimed that prison staff confiscated salt from Sa'adat's cell, which he was mixing with water during his hunger strike.
Qaraqe demanded that representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross visit Saadat and “ensure he receives the needed medical attention” -- a privilege denied to Shalit, held in Gaza by the Hamas terrorist organization since June 2006.
He also called on human rights organizations to pressure Israel to “abide by international law and to grant the hunger-striking detainees their legitimate rights, starting with removing all detainees from solitary confinement, and stopping the assaults against them and against their families.”
A subsequent report published by the PA's official WAFA news agency claimed that prisoners ended their hunger strike late Monday in response to an agreement by the Israel Prisons Authority to end the practice of solitary confinement.
According to the report, Israel agreed to stop holding prisoners in isolation, effective immediately following the release of the 477 terrorists in the first phase of the Shalit swap deal on Tuesday morning.