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Prisoner Awiwi halts 69-day hunger strike

Palestinian prisoner Hasan al-Awiwi has suspended his hunger strike, which he started 69 days ago in protest at his administrative detention, following an Israeli pledge to release him within months.

According to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, officials from the Israeli prison service and the intelligence reached a deal with hunger-striking prisoner Hasan al-Awiwi.

The jailers agreed to release the prisoner by the end of the current year if he suspended his hunger strike, the Commission said.

As a result of his elongated hunger strike, 35-year-old Awiwi suffers from severe physical weakness and several health problems and he is now in Barzilai Hospital.