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Khader Adnan ends 55-day hunger strike

June 29, 2015 10:49 A.M. (Updated: July 15, 2015 3:00 P.M.)
Khader Adnan, seen during a protest in the northern West Bank village of Araba, in 2013. (AFP/File Saif Dahlah)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 55-day hunger strike on Monday after reaching an agreement with Israeli authorities to free him from prison on July 12,his lawyer and the Palestinian Prisoner's Society announced.

"Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike last night, after an agreement was reached to release him on July 12," his lawyer Jawad Boulos said.

He said doctors at the Israeli hospital he was transferred to were considering ways to start feeding him.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society confirmed that Mr Adnan had ended his hunger strike.

“All the guarantees which Sheikh Khader asked for have been obtained, and so he triumphed over the occupation state after 55 days of hunger strike,” Adnan’s wife told Ma’an.

She herself had also started a hunger strike in solidarity with her husband as she picketed outside of the medical center where Adnan was held.

Israeli authorities gave Adnan a paper co-signed by an Israeli commander of the central command, Adnan's father said, which indicated that he would be released from jail, although it provided no guarantees or final dates.

An Israeli official confirmed Adnan would be set free on July 12, telling AFP the deal was made possible after Adnan withdrew his demand that Israel undertake never again to place him under administrative detention.

The official said Adnan's deteriorating health and appeals from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Authority had contributed to the decision to release him.

Adnan was detained a year ago, shortly after the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis, which triggered the arrests of hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli security official told AFP that Adnan was "a member of Islamic Jihad," a Palestinian militant group.

He had previously gone on hunger strike for 66 days in 2012 to protest against his detention. He was released at the end of the strike, during which he had ingested vitamins and salt.

This time, he refused to swallow anything except water.

The Palestinian government had warned it held Israel responsible for his fate, while the Israeli government in mid-June renewed efforts for legislation that would allow prisoners to be force-fed when their lives are in danger.

The Palestinian leadership submitted a report to the International Criminal Court last week that included the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

AFP contributed to this report.
Comments
Tobias / USA
-1- If ARABS would put away their WEAPONS OF TERROR, then
there would be peace and a good life for both peoples, but
-2- If Jews would put away their weapons of self-defense, then
there would be A GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING,
until either all the Jews were either dead or gone !!
29/06/2015 17:12
Colin / Ireland
What are they celebrating? Khader Adnan has not and did not have the conviction to commit suicide.
29/06/2015 18:19
Lord Lucan / Lesotho
Time to bring out the jumbo sized Snickers, the Khazar white khaffir Zionist invaders denied him.
29/06/2015 18:22
abubakakar / South Africa
These terrorist country think they own the world,by not give prisoners,including children from the age of 5years old the constitutional right to b visit by their family,or to have a say when they r charged throwing stone when they r shot at
29/06/2015 19:40
Outlier / USA
Palestinians love their symbols, but only pragmatic negotiation with Israel will gain them statehood and peace. The rest is sound and fury, signifying nothing.
04/07/2015 00:51
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