Israel to release 71-day hunger striker

Palestinian prisoners regularly undertake hunger strikes to protest their detentions. In May, Muhammad al-Qiq was released on the 94th day of his hunger strike.

August 24, 2016 21:21
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Hebron protest

A Hebron man demonstrates in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike in protest at being held in administrative detention. (photo credit: MUSSA QAWASMA / REUTERS)


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Israel and a team of Palestinian lawyers reached an agreement to free Bilal Kayed, a Palestinian under administrative detention who entered the 71st day of his hunger strike on Wednesday.

Essa Qaraqa, the Palestinian Authority Prisoner Affairs minister, revealed the basic details of the agreement to The Jerusalem Post.

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“The agreement stipulates the end of the administrative detention of the prisoner Bilal Kayed on December 12, 2016, after which he will return home to his family,” Qaraqa said.

The minister added that Kayed suspended his hunger strike, but remains in precarious health.

Kayed was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 14-and-ahalf- years in prison for his affiliation with the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel, the European Union and United States have labeled a terrorist group.

He was slated to be released on June 15, but Israeli authorities then placed him under administrative detention.

Palestinian prisoners regularly undertake hunger strikes to protest their detentions.

In May, Muhammad al-Qiq was released on the 94th day of his hunger strike.

According to the Jerusalem- based Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, as of May, there were some 7,000 Palestinian in Israeli prisons, including 715 being held under administrative detention.

Eliyahu Kamisher contributed to this report.

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