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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Deal struck to release hunger-striking Palestinian in April: Israeli justice ministry official

Deal struck to release hunger-striking Palestinian in April: Israeli justice ministry official

The 33-year-old prisoner, Khader Adnan, has become the longest Palestinian detainee on hunger strike in history. (Reuters)
The 33-year-old prisoner, Khader Adnan, has become the longest Palestinian detainee on hunger strike in history. (Reuters)
An Israeli justice ministry official has said that a deal has been struck to release hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan in April reports The Associated Press.

The 33-year-old Palestinian, a leader with Islamic Jihad, has been on hunger strike since he was apprehended in December last year from West Bank.

Tuesday marks his 65th day of refusing food in protest of his detention and Israel’s policy of holding Palestinian “administrative detainees” for months on end without being charged or tried.

The case has attracted worldwide attention and put into the spotlight the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Israel is holding 309 Palestinians in prison without charge, a sharp increase from last year, says B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.

The group said 80 of those being held had been detained for between six months and a year, another 88 had been held for between one and two years, and 16 of them had been behind bars for between two and four-and-a-half years.

Adnan is the longest Palestinian detainee hunger strike in history. His doctors warned he may die before the hearing reported AP.
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