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Khader Adnan may end hunger strike

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The head of the Palestinian prisoner’s society said Sunday there were hopes Khader Adnan was hours away from ending his 55-day long hunger strike after a potential deal was negotiated with the Israeli authorities.

Qadura Fares told Ma’an Sunday afternoon that negotiations two days earlier had led to a potential deal to end Adnan’s hunger strike, although he said he could not provide additional details.

“There is a suggestion,” Fares said, “and today we have hope.”

A senior Palestinian official told Ma’an that a potential deal might see Adnan released before the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Adnan, 37, began his hunger strike nearly two months ago to protest the Israeli practice of administrative detention, under which Palestinians can be held without charge or trial for months or years.

He has said he will not end his strike until Israel agrees either to release him or bring charges against him.

It is the second time Adnan has gone on hunger strike against the practice, following a 66-day long hunger strike he undertook in 2012 — the longest carried out by a Palestinian in Israeli detention.

Fares said it was now up to Adnan whether he agreed to the deal.

“We are in a very sensitive hour. Every moment we could achieve something,” he added.

Adnan’s family was allowed to visit him on Sunday for the first time since he began his strike.

In recent days, Adnan’s health has deteriorated sharply, with the International Committee of the Red Cross saying on Monday that his life was “at immediate risk.” MAANNEWS


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