Hunger striking prisoner reaches agreement
Published Thursday 20/02/2014 (updated) 21/02/2014 21:17
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man imprisoned in Israel suspended an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday after reaching an agreement with authorities, a Palestinian human rights organization said.
Addameer Lawyer Samer Samaan said that Abd al-Majeed Khudeirat had suspended his strike after reaching an agreement with the military prosecution to serve a 30-month sentence. He will also have a hearing in front of a special panel with the possibility of reducing the sentence to 18 months.
Khudeirat had restarted his hunger strike on Jan. 15 in to protest against being re-arrested despite being released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal.
He had previously been on a hunger strike from July 1 to Oct. 15 of last year, at the end of which he reached a deal with authorities to serve a 30-month sentence.
The deal, however, was not carried out, and as a result he restarted his strike.
5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.