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Palestinian detainee ends 122-day hunger strike

June 30, 2014 1:56 P.M. (Updated: July 1, 2014 9:45 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoner Ayman Tbeish has suspended his hunger strike after refusing food for 122 days, a lawyer said Monday.

Jawad Bulous, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, said in a statement that Tbeish had announced the end of his strike after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Service to limit his detention without a trial.

Doctors had warned that Tbeish's health condition was worsening -- he suffers from low blood pressure, kidney problems, and is unable to stand.

A spokeswoman for the IPS confirmed that Tbeish had ended his strike, but said that there was no deal reached between him and the prison service.

"He just decided to stop," Sivan Weizman said.

The number of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been reduced to one, she added.

Weizman would not give the striker's name, but said he had been on hunger strike for one month.

Additionally, she aid that no deal had been reached with over 100 Palestinian prisoners who ended a two-month hunger strike last week.

Tbeish started his strike on Feb. 28 against being held without charge or trial in Israeli jails. As his health deteriorated, he was transferred to a hospital in Israel.

Around 125 Palestinian prisoners were on hunger strike for more than 60 days in protest against their indefinite detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities until Tuesday, when 63 agreed to end their strike. Weizman said the rest of the strikers ended their protest days later.

Lawyers had said the prisoners had reached a deal with the Israeli Prison Service.

The prisoners were demanding that Israel change its policy of administrative detention, under which Palestinians are regularly held without charge or trial, sometimes indefinitely.

Around 5,700 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails, with nearly 300 in administrative detention.

Over 800,000 Palestinians have been detained since 1967, with 5,224 currently being held in Israeli prisons, according to the PLO.
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