Palestinian detainee suspends a hunger strike that lasted 113 days

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On Monday, a Palestinian detainee suspended his hunger strike in Israeli prisons, after reaching an agreement to end his administrative detention.

Zahran Zahran said to Anatolia that his brother, “the captive Ahmed Zahran (42 years), suspended his open hunger strike that lasted for 113 days.”

He explained that this step came “after reaching an agreement to end his administrative detention, and that his release date will be on February 25th.”

Later, in a statement, Anatolia received a copy, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed, “Zahran” suspended his hunger strike after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Authority.

The Front said: “Egypt has made continuous efforts to end the suffering of Zahran, and it was agreed that the administrative detention of Zahran will not be renewed, and that the date of February 25 will be the date of his release.”

She added: “Zahran emphasized his firmness and his insistence on continuing the battle until he took away his freedom with his empty stomach.”

The Front stressed “the necessity of continuing support and support activities for the captive movement who are subjected to an unprecedented Zionist attack.”

Zahran, from the town of Deir Abu Mishaal in the Ramallah governorate, in the middle of the occupied West Bank, was arrested in early March 2019, and transferred to administrative detention.

Zahran had spent about 15 years in Israeli prisons, on charges of membership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and participation in armed operations against the Israeli army.

Administrative detention is a decision of incarceration without trial, which is approved by the Israeli intelligence services, in coordination with the military commander in the West Bank, for a period ranging from one to six months, and is determined based on “secret security information” against the detainee.

The Israeli authorities usually extend administrative detention multiple times, on the pretext that the detainee “endangers Israeli security”.

Israel holds 5,000 prisoners in its prisons, among them 200 children, 40 detainees, 400 administrative detainees (without charge), and 700 patients, according to official statistics.

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