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Palestinian hunger striker suspends protest after 43 days

July 2, 2014 6:47 P.M. (Updated: July 4, 2014 12:14 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainee Raed Moussa, 33, on Wednesday suspended his hunger strike action after 43 days without food, a prisoner rights group said.

Director of the Palestinian Prisoners Society Abdullah Anani told Ma'an that Moussa halted his protest action after Israel's prison service promised he would be released on July 27.

Moussa will be moved form the Soroka medical center to Israel's Negev prison upon his request, where he will have his first meal since beginning his hunger strike 43 days ago.

He thanked all Palestinian prisoners for their support during his protest action.

About 125 Palestinian prisoners last week ended a two-month hunger strike, with lawyers saying they had reached a deal with the IPS.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Prison Service told Ma'an that no recent hunger strikers had reached any deal with Israeli authorities.

The prisoners were demanding that Israel end its policy of administrative detention, under which Palestinians can be held without charge or trial, sometimes indefinitely.
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