Palestinian detainee ends hunger strike after 103 days

3 months ago

Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras on Friday suspended his 103-day hunger strike after an agreement to be released on 26 November. 

In a press statement, the Palestinian Prisoners Club reported that the deal was reached after the Israeli occupation authorities agreed to free al-Akhras and not renew his administrative detention.

Al-Akhras, 49, will spend the rest of his detention in an Israeli hospital receiving treatment.

Saluting all his fellow prisoners who supported him during his hunger strike, al-Akhras hailed all popular actions taken by Palestinians and advocacy groups in solidarity with him. 

Al-Akhras, a father of six from the West Bank city of Jenin, has been on a hunger strike since his arrest on 27 July, to protest against his four-month administrative detention order.

Even though his health condition has drastically deteriorated, Israeli occupation courts refused to release him, neglecting all calls by international advocacy groups and human rights organisation to immediately free him and put an end to the arbitrary administrative detention policy.