Palestinian prisoner ends 66-day hunger strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Khader Adnan, a Palestinian held in an Israeli jail without charge, agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike.

Adnan, 33, ended his hunger strike on Tuesday after the State Prosecutor’s Office agreed that it would not renew his administrative detention, which is set to end on April 17.

His appeal before Israel’s Supreme Court on the case had been scheduled for later in the day and was canceled.

Adnan has been held in administrative detention since his arrest on Dec. 17 on the basis of “secret evidence” that he is a threat to regional security. A prisoner can be held in administrative detention, without charges being brought, for up to four months.

He reportedly is a member of Islamic Jihad.

Doctors reportedly had warned Israeli officials that Adnan could die at any moment. He was taking liquid infusions of salts, glucose and minerals. The hunger strike reportedly was the longest ever undertaken by a Palestinian prisoner in Israel.

Adnan was set to be transferred to a hospital in the West Bank to recover.
 

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