Thursday 05 October 2023

Palestinian captive in Israeli jails ends 111 days of hunger strike after verbal promise of release

Some 600 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails without charges. Since January, they have been boycotting Israeli court hearings, demanding an end to the Israeli administrative detention policy.

Palestinian administrative detainee in Israeli jails Khalil Awawdeh ended his 111-day-long hunger strike on Tuesday, after a verbal promise by Israeli authorities to release him without setting up a clear release date, said the Palestinian High Commission for Prisoners' Affairs.

Khalil Awawdeh, the 40-year-old father of four daughters, had been arrested five times in the past, three of which under the "administrative detention" system without charges or foreseeable release.


Israeli forces arrested him again in September and placed him under administrative detention, after which he initiated an individual hunger strike to demand his release.

"We received news from Khalil’s lawyer that he had ended his hunger strike, but without any details on the terms reached with Israeli authorities," Dalal, Awawdeh’s wife told The New Arab.

"The lawyer visited Khalil on Tuesday and told us that his health condition is catastrophic," said Dalal Awawdeh. "His hunger strike might be over, but his and our suffering is not." 

Another Palestinian administrative detainee, 27-year-old Raed Rayan, continues his own hunger strike protesting his detention without charges for the 76th day

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