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Prisoners minister: Adnan ruling shows negotiations failed

Feb. 13, 2012 9:28 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2012 9:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainee Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday the PA is racing against time to pressure Israel to release hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan.

An Israeli military court rejected Adnan's appeal against his four month administrative detention order on Monday, after he entered his 58th day on hunger strike against detention without charge.

Qaraqe said the court ruling shows government communications with Israel to resolve the crisis have failed.

The minister told Ma'an the ruling showed "utter disregard for Adnan's life, effectively condemning him to die."

The PA is in talks with the United Nations, Jordan and other regional countries to secure the Islamic Jihad prisoner's release, he said.

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