Jailed Palestinian hunger-striker in Israel to be freed

Israel's military prosecutors suggest setting hunger-striker Palestenian activist Mohamed Allan free

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Palestinian woman holds a picture depicting Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan during a protest

Israeli military prosecutors have offered to free jailed Palestinian activist Mohamed Allan on Nov. 3 whose hunger-strike has drawn international media attention and sparked demonstrations

Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian minister for prisoners' affairs, told Anadolu Agency, "On Wednesday, Israeli military prosecutors told Allan's lawyer, Jamil al-Khateeb, that they would release his client and remove him from administrative detention in exchange for ending his hunger-strike."

Allan himself would decide whether to accept the offer, Qaraqe added.

Mohamed Allan, a 31-year-old lawyer from the occupied West Bank and a reported member of Palestine's Islamic Jihad resistance group, was detained by Israeli authorities last November.

He began a hunger strike on June 18 to protest his ongoing custody under Israel's policy of "administrative detention," which leads suspects to be held for renewable periods without charge or trial.

Allan's case has attracted huge media attention and fuelled demonstrations both in Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Fifteen people were arrested on Sunday for demonstrating outside Barzilai Hospital, a facility in Israel's southern city of Ashkelon where Allan is being held, Israeli press reported.

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