Two Palestinian inmates suspend hunger strike following Israel pledges their release
Two Palestinian prisoners who had been on hunger strike in protest against their administrative detention by Israeli regime have suspended their strike as Israeli officials promised their release.
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The Palestinian Prisoners Club, an independent and non-governmental Palestinian organization that represents former and current prisoners, said in a statement that 34-year-old Kayed Fasfous and Ayyad al-Harimi, 28, were suspending their months-long strikes after Israeli authorities agreed to set them free.
Kayed, a resident of the occupied southern West Bank city of Dura who fathers one child, will be released on December 14, while Ayyad will be set free on March 4 next year, the group said.
Kayed’s family said that for the time being, he remains in the hospital, where he is being kept due to serious deterioration of his health condition following the prolonged hunger strike, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
The symbolic leader of a current high-profile hunger strike by several prisoners, Kayed had been refusing to eat for 131 days in protest at his administrative detention, an Israeli policy that allows detaining Palestinians indefinitely based on “secret information” and without pressing formal charges or putting them on trial.
Ayyad also suspended his hunger strike after 61 days. He had recently been transferred from Ramla prison to Ofer jail.