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Palestinian prisoner ends 113-day hunger strike after learning of slated release

Two Arab Israeli nurses at Kaplan hospital pose with Miqdad Qawasmeh, a Hamas member who is on a hunger strike to protest being held in administrative detention. (Screenshot/Kan)
Two Arab Israeli nurses at Kaplan hospital pose with Miqdad Qawasmeh, a Hamas member who is on a hunger strike to protest being held in administrative detention. (Screenshot/Kan)

Palestinian security prisoner Miqdad al-Qawasmeh ends his 113-day hunger strike in protest of his detention by Israel without charges after learning that he will be released in February, Palestinian officials say.

Qawasmeh’s health had rapidly deteriorated following his prolonged hunger strike, his lawyers say. The detainee was being held under Israel’s practice of administrative detention, which allows law enforcement to hold prisoners without charges for security reasons. Rights group contends that Israel abuses the controversial judicial tool.

The Shin Bet security service says that Qawasmeh was being held for Hamas activity. His father, Omar Qawasmeh, is a well-known commander in the Hamas terror group’s West Bank division.

According to Joint List MK Osama Saadi, who pushed for Qawasmeh’s release, the detainee is now set to leave Israeli custody in February.

Several other Palestinians are currently engaged in extended hunger strikes in Israeli prisons, including Fatah member Kayed Fasfous, who has also been fasting for nearly six months, according to Palestinian media.

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