RAMALLAH, May 3 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli court on Thursday delayed its response to an appeal by two Palestinian prisoners who have been fasting for over two months.
The court ordered Israel Prison Service (IPS) to look after the two prisoners and provide them with medical treatment until it responds to the appeal later, said Jawad Polis, a lawyer from the West Bank-based Palestinian Prisoner's Club.
The inmates, Bilal Dhiab and Thaier Halahla from the West Bank, have been on hunger strike for 66 days, protesting their administrative detention without a charge.
The two detainees are members of the Islamic Jihad movement, which threatened to respond militarily from the Gaza Strip if the prisoners were hurt.
On Sunday, dozens of Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike, joining at least 1,500 detainees who demand improvements in their imprisonment circumstances.
The strike, started on April 17, is the biggest ever collective protest by the Palestinian prisoners. Before that, several prisoners fasted individually, including two Islamic Jihad members who did not eat for 66 and 44 days respectively.
The main demand for the prisoners is to stop the so-called administrative detention, under which Israel can keep some Palestinians in prison without a charge -- based on secret information that cannot be revealed in courts.