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Israel frees Palestinian prisoner two weeks after he ends hunger strike

Protesters carry posters showing Kayed Fasfous, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 120 days to protest being detained without charge by Israel, in the village of ad-Dhahiriya, near Hebron, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Protesters carry posters showing Kayed Fasfous, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 120 days to protest being detained without charge by Israel, in the village of ad-Dhahiriya, near Hebron, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israel frees a prominent Palestinian prisoner, two weeks after striking a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike, says a prisoner rights group.

Kayed Fasfous, 32, had remained in an Israeli hospital since ending his strike on Nov. 23. He was the symbolic figurehead of six hunger strikers protesting Israel’s controversial policy of “administrative detention,” which allows suspects to be held indefinitely without charge.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a group representing former and current prisoners, confirms that Fasfous has returned home. Later, online footage showed the former prisoner in a wheelchair celebrating his return to his southern hometown of Dura.

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