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Mahmoud Balboul, a terrorist prisoner who has been on hunger strike since July 4, was rushed to the intensive care unit at the Assaf Harofeh Hospital on Sunday following serious health complications, the Ma'an news agency reported.

A statement from the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said Balboul was in a very “severe condition,” as he has lost more than 30 kilograms of his weight and has had difficulty speaking.

The committee had said in a previous statement that Israeli doctors warned Balboul could be paralyzed if he continues to refuse to take vitamins. Sunday’s statement said he has been consuming only water, according to Ma'an.

The report said that Balboul and his brother Muhammad are both on a hunger strike, which hey began on July 4 and 7 respectively. The brothers were detained on June 9 and sentenced to administrative detention.

Muhammad was also rushed to intensive care on Thursday following a severe deterioration in his health, according to Ma'an.

The two are among many terrorist prisoners who have gone on a hunger strike in an attempt to pressure Israel to free them. Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released some hunger strikers.

Most recently, Israel agreed to release Bilal Kayed, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist group, who was on a hunger strike for 70 days in protest of his administrative detention.

Kayed's lawyers reached an agreement with the state that his administrative detention will not be renewed after six months unless new information emerges which supports his staying in jail.

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