42 immigrants taken to hospital in Greece after 36 days on hunger strike

ATHENS, Greece — Members of a Greek immigrant support network say a total 42 migrants on hunger strike for 36 days have been hospitalized with signs of extreme exhaustion.

Some 240 migrants, mostly from north African countries, have been refusing food since late January, demanding that they are given residence permits, an appeal rejected by the government.

The migrants were forced out of the Athens Law School in January and are living in a private property.

Many have stopped taking water over the past two days, and doctors warn they face severe health problems.

Debt-crippled Greece is the main gateway into the European Union for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants.

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