12 July 2015
- From the section Middle East
Israel has freed a Palestinian prisoner who had held a 56-day hunger strike in protest at his detention.
Khader Adnan, 37, an Islamic Jihad activist, had been held for more than a year without charge under the Israeli “administrative detention” policy.
The hunger strike had left him in critical condition. He ended it on 28 June following a deal with Israel securing his release.
Gaza-based Islamic Jihad had threatened violence if he died.
Mr Adnan was arrested as part of a wave of Palestinian detentions following the kidnap and murder of three young Israelis in June 2014.
Mr Adnan, who comes from Jenin in the occupied West Bank, has been arrested a number of times by Israel.
He previously held a hunger strike in 2012 to secure his release.
Under “administrative detention” Israel can hold suspects indefinitely for renewable six-month periods. The controversial measure has been criticised by human rights groups.