The Palestinian Authority’s head of detainees' affairs says that the death of any hunger-striking prisoner may lead to a “new Intifada.”
Issa Qaraqe made the remarks on Wednesday, while condemning the Tel Aviv regime’s refusal to negotiate with the some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been taking part in a mass hunger strike since Monday.
On Tuesday, Israel’s Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said he believes the strike is politically motivated, and he sees no need to engage in negotiations with the Palestinian inmates.
He added that the hunger strike leader, Marwan Barghouti, has been transferred to another prison in the northern Israeli-occupied territories and placed in solitary confinement.
"If their demands are not met, more prisoners will join the strike," said Qaraqe while calling on the global community to intervene in the crisis besetting Palestinian hunger strikers.
"We have asked the international community and the UN to intervene immediately," he stressed.
On Monday, the United Nations said it was keeping a close eye on the hunger strike situation.