(Agence France-Presse) Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails entered the second month of a hunger strike on Wednesday.

Led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, around 840 Palestinians are currently on the hunger strike which began April 17, according to the Israeli Prisons Service.

Palestinian officials have put the number at more than 1,000, with protests in Gaza and the occupied West Bank in support of them.

AFP spoke to Zeratzion Hishal from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the few foreigners granted access to the striking prisoners as part of the organisation’s monitoring of conditions in Israeli jails.

The Eritrean-Dutch doctor has visited a number of previous strikers and explained what happens physiologically to people consuming only water and some salt.

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His version was verified to AFP by another doctor specialised in the topic.

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