Palestinian to Be Released for Ending Hunger Strike

RAMALLAH (AP) -

A Palestinian held for security reasons by Israel for the past year is ending a 55-day hunger strike and in exchange will be released in two weeks, his wife and an advocacy group for prisoners said Monday.

Rights groups have said that Khader Adnan, 36, a senior member of Islamic Jihad group, is near death.

Sivan Weizman of Israel’s Prison Authority confirmed that Adnan agreed to end his hunger strike as part of a deal, but had no details. The Israeli military, which would be involved in any agreement to release him, had no comment.

It marked the second hunger strike for Adnan, whose protests have trained a spotlight on so-called administrative detention, a practice under which Israel holds Palestinians deemed a threat to public safety without trial or charges.

Under a deal reached late Sunday, Adnan ends his hunger strike and will be released July 12, said Kadoura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, an advocacy group.

Islamic Jihad is a group that has been responsible for numerous deadly attacks on Israelis.