The condition of a Palestinian journalist on a 48-day hunger strike in an Israeli jail is deteriorating, the man's wife and a Palestinian official said on Monday.
Mohammed al-Qeq is protesting his six-month sentence without trial or charge, under a measure called administrative detention. Israel's internal security agency Shin Bet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Al-Qeq is being monitored in an Israeli hospital, according to Israel's prison service, which would not comment on his condition. His wife, Faihaa al-Qeq, said Israel "accused him of incitement."
Al-Qeq, 33, works as a correspondent for the Saudi channel Al-Majd and also appears as an analyst on channels linked to the Islamic militant group Hamas. Israel has arrested him in the past for his activities with Hamas' student organization. He was arrested Nov. 21.
Palestinian prisoners have used hunger strikes before to draw attention to their detention without trial or charges. Al-Qeq is the first journalist to do so.
Fearing that a fasting detainee's death could spark violence, Israel has at times acceded to hunger strikers' demands by agreeing to release them at the end of their terms of detention. Israel sometimes extends the administrative detention of suspects, according to a news agency. - Idrak