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Zakaria Zubeidi suspends fluids strike in PA jail

Sept. 13, 2012 10:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 15, 2012 3:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Former Fatah fighter Zakaria Zubeidi said Thursday that he will suspend his refusal of all liquids in Palestinian Authority custody as he has strong assurances he will be released in coming days.

Zubeidi announced on Sunday a hunger strike of all food and liquid until he is released from Palestinian Authority custody, after almost four months in jail without charge.

On Thursday, he pledged to continue without food but take liquids after he was briefly hospitalized due to the strike earlier in the week, he told lawyers and colleagues speaking from police jail in Jericho.

He received assurances from a delegation from President Mahmoud Abbas that he will be freed at his next court hearing on Monday, lawyer Farid Hawash said.

Zubeidi left the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which he led in Jenin during the second intifada, to co-found the Freedom Theater in Jenin refugee camp in 2006.

He was detained by PA forces on May 13 and his detention has been repeatedly renewed without charges being pressed.
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