Palestinian prisoner ends record 94-day hunger strike

Published: Friday 26th February 2016 by The News Editor

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The family of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for a record 94 days have said he is ending his fast and will be released in three months’ time.

Fayha, the wife of Mohammed al-Qeq, said on Friday he will end his strike “today” and will be freed on May 21. She said it is a “very big victory for us and for him”.

The 33-year-old is a journalist for a Saudi media outlet. Israel said he has been involved in militant activities linked to Hamas.

He was fasting to protest against being held without charges, a measure called administrative detention. Israel has defended the practice as necessary to stop militant attacks.

His hunger strike was longer than fasts by other Palestinians or by prisoners in Northern Ireland in 1981, according to advocacy groups.

Published: Friday 26th February 2016 by The News Editor

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