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Israel Frees Palestinian who Waged 103-day Hunger Strike

Israel Frees Palestinian who Waged 103-day Hunger Strike

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 10:30
Maher al-Akhras who waged a 103-day hunger strike. Reuters file photo

Israel on Thursday released Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian who waged a 103-day hunger strike to protest Israeli rules allowing his detention without charge, the Palestinian Prisoner's Club said.

Akhras was transferred from a Tel Aviv hospital to Nablus's Al-Najah University Hospital in the West Bank, the prisoners' rights group said in a statement.

A decision on releasing him to return home will follow "a medical assessment of his condition", Al-Najah hospital medical director Abdul-Karim Al-Barqawi said.

Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus in July and put in administrative detention.

The father of six launched his fast to protest a four-month detention order, which had been due to end on November 26.

Akhras, who been arrested by Israel several times previously, ended his hunger strike after Israeli authorities committed to not extending his detention beyond that date.

Around 355 Palestinians were being held under administrative detention orders as of August, including two minors, according to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

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