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.

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.

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