Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners hospitalized

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A spokeswoman for Israel’s prison service says 10 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners have been hospitalized.

They are among 1,500 to 2,500 Palestinian prisoners who started refusing food 19 days ago, demanding a halt to imprisonment without charges, an end to solitary confinement and reinstating family visits from Gaza.

Prison spokeswoman Sivan Weizeman said Saturday the 10 were transferred to a prison clinic for medical supervision. Another prisoner, Bilal Diab, was moved to a civilian hospital last week. He has refused food for 68 days so far.

Weizeman did not say when the 10 were transferred or what medical treatment they received.

Israeli officials and Palestinians give different numbers of hunger strikers. Eight prisoners have been on strike for over 50 days.