A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike has briefly entered into a coma while a fellow prisoner who is also refusing food remains in critical condition.

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs reported on Sunday that Ahmad Abu Farah, 29, has been on hunger strike for 73 days. He lost consciousness for several minutes.

It added that Abu Farah and Anas Shahid could die at any minute.

The committee had also said last month that both of the prisoners had slipped into a coma and have partially or completely lost their power to breather, hear, speak and drink.

According to the committee, Israeli officials had threatened to force feed the hunger strikers.

Legal experts say force feeding amounts to torture.

Both prisoners have been on hunger strike to protest against their administrative detentions. They are residents of the southern occupied West Bank village of Dura.

This is while dozens of Palestinian prisoners have gone on hunger strikes in the past year in protest at the Israeli administrative detention as well as being mistreated in Israeli prisons.

“Thirty-two Palestinian inmates who were suffering from different physical disabilities have been denied suitable medical care by Israeli prison officials,” the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) said on Sunday.

The center’s spokesperson Riyad al-Ashqar said that Israel Prison Service officials repeatedly neglect disabled and injured Palestinian inmates and do not provide them with necessary equipment.