Palestinian leader ends 66-day hunger strike after Israel guarantees his release

Palestinian leader ends 66-day hunger strike after Israel guarantees his release

Ramallah : Palestine | Feb 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM PST
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Islamic Jihad operative leader Khader Adnan has ended his 66-day hunger strike after the Israeli Prosecutor's Office announced it would not seek to renew his administrative detention, the Israeli Justice Ministry said Tuesday afternoon.

"We reached an agreement. He will end his hunger strike and his administrative detention will not be extended, it will end on April 17," said a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Justice.

The terms of the agreement were confirmed by the Palestinian minister responsible for issues related to prisoners, Issa Qarage.

Khader Adnan, who is 33 years old, has stopped eating since his placement in administrative detention in mid-December. Challenged by human rights organizations, the Israeli law allows military authorities to indefinitely keep a prisoner behind bars in the absence of legal proceedings. According to the Al Hak, a Palestinian human rights body, some 315 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention in Israel.

According to the Islamic Jihad website, Adnan was detained from his home in the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Dec. 17, and held without charge ever since. On Feb. 13, Israel's Ofer military court ruled against the appeal of Adnan's four-month administrative detention order.

Doctors have recently expressed alarm over the deteriorating health conditions of Khader Adnan. Officials in the West Bank said his 66-day hunger strike is unprecedented in the history of Palestinian prisoners.

Observers warned that his death due to the hunger strike may ignite another Palestinian uprising.

It is worth mentioning that, more than 6,000 people demonstrated in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in support of Adnan Monday, while another several dozen picketed the offices of the International Red Cross offices in Ramallah on Monday. Palestinian Prisoners Minister Issa Qaraqe announced on Monday that all Palestinian prisoners would go on hunger strikes starting Thursday in solidarity with Adnan.

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Islamic Jihad spokesperson Kahder Adnan is on a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention.AFP
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