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Palestinian hunger striker to end fast after Israel agrees to set him free — report

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Khalil Awawdeh, a Palestinian who has been on a hunger strike for several months protesting being jailed without charge or trial under what Israel refers to as administrative detention, lies in bed at Asaf Harofeh Hospital in Be'er Ya'akov, Israel, Wednesday, August 24, 2022. (AP/Mahmoud Illean)
Khalil Awawdeh, a Palestinian who has been on a hunger strike for several months protesting being jailed without charge or trial under what Israel refers to as administrative detention, lies in bed at Asaf Harofeh Hospital in Be'er Ya'akov, Israel, Wednesday, August 24, 2022. (AP/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinian media, citing the family of hunger-striking detainee Khalil Awawdeh, say he will end his near-six-month fast after reaching an agreement with Israeli authorities to release him from administrative detention.

According to reports, 40-year-old Awawdeh will end his hunger strike immediately, after officials agreed in writing to grant him a full release on October 2.

Israel suspended his arrest earlier this month, but he remains in custody at the Asaf Harofeh hospital in central Israel.

The High Court has so far rejected Awawdeh’s appeals for a full release.

Israel says administrative detention is needed to keep dangerous terrorists off the streets without revealing sensitive intelligence. Palestinians and rights groups say it denies detainees the basic right of due process.

Islamic Jihad demanded his release as part of a cease-fire that ended a flare-up of violence in Gaza earlier this month but did not identify him as a member.

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