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PA says Khader Adnan to end hunger strike

Feb. 21, 2012 3:03 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2012 11:56 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners affairs said Tuesday that Israel intends to release hunger striking prisoner Khader Adnan after his current administrative detention term.

In return, Adnan agreed to end his strike, according to Issa Qaraqe, the prisoners minister. The term will end April 17, he said.

Adnan has not confirmed he intends to end the hunger strike, but prisoners rights group Addameer said one of Adnan's lawyers negotiated a deal with the Israeli military prosecutor freeing him on April 17 instead of in May 8.

He also received guarantees the term will not be extended, the group said.

Addameer lawyer Samer Samaan is "actively working to gain permission to visit Khader to confirm whether or not he will continue with his hunger strike," the rights group said in a statement.

"Addameer’s main concern remains Khader’s health ... Whether or not Khader continues his hunger strike, he must receive proper arrangements for observing his health condition," the group said.

Israel's Justice Ministry confirmed the deal to end the strike.

"There is a deal. (Khader Adnan) will stop his hunger strike. They will not extend his administrative detention and he will be free on April 17," an Israeli Justice Ministry spokeswoman told Reuters.

A High Court of Justice session was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but it was canceled upon the announcement of an agreement.
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