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Israel releases Palestinian detainee who went on a hunger strike for 103 days

06.nov.2020 – Palestinian Maher Al-Akhras, 49, who completed a 100-day hunger strike in protest against his arrest Image: Taghreed Al-Akhras / Reuters

Israel released on Thursday (26) a detained Palestinian who went on a hunger strike for 103 days in protest against his detention, considered arbitrary – announced the organization of Palestinian prisoners.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was transferred from the Israeli Kaplan Hospital, near Tel Aviv, to the Al Najah University Hospital in the Palestinian city of Nablus (in the northern West Bank).

“As soon as his health status is assessed,” a decision will be made on his return home, said the director of Al-Najah Hospital, Abdul-Karim Al-Barqawi, in a statement.

Al-Akhras was arrested by Israeli forces in late July, at his home in the northern West Bank, and arrested in Israel. He is suspected of belonging to the Palestinian armed movement Islamic Jihad, considered terrorist by Israel, the European Union and the United States.

After his arrest, he was placed in administrative detention, a legal figure that allows Israel to keep Palestinians in prison without charge, or trial, for renewable periods of up to six months.

On November 6, he ended a hunger strike that lasted 103 days, after reaching an “agreement” with the Israeli authorities for his release. He has been hospitalized since September because his health has deteriorated a lot.

The case of this farmer, father of six children, provoked criticism from the UN and several NGOs and generated a solidarity movement in all Palestinian territories and in some Arab countries.

About 355 Palestinians were in administrative detention at the end of August, including several minors, according to Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem.

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