Ahmad Saadat, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was transferred to a hospital Sunday after suffering a serious deterioration in his health, according to a PFLP statement obtained by Ma'an news agency reported.

Saadat was moved to Ramla prison hospital by the Israel prison service (IPS) after joining a hunger strike on April 17 protesting certain Israeli policies, such as solitary confinement, in which he has been held for three years.

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Other PFLP prisoners rejected an IPS offer to release Saadat from a solitary confinement in return for ending their hunger strike, the report said.


Saadat was arrested by Israeli forces in 2006 from a Palestinian Authority jail in Jericho and was sentenced to 30 years for his role in masterminding the assassination of former Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001.