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Deal to end prison hunger strike

Published 23/04/2013 | 06:56

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A Palestinian prisoner has reached a deal to end his hunger strike, his lawyer says

A Palestinian prisoner on an extended hunger strike has reached a deal with Israeli authorities that should end his fast, his lawyer said.

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Military prosecutors agreed to release Samer Issawi after he serves another eight months in prison, Jawad Bulous said.

The lawyer said the deal will be signed later, after which Issawi will end his hunger strike.

Issawi began refusing food in August in protest over his arrest. It became a rallying cry for Palestinians who protested, sometimes violently, on his behalf.

He was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 2002 for his role in a series of shooting attacks targeting police cars and university students.

Issawi was freed in a 2011 deal which exchanged hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one captured Israeli soldier, but he was later arrested for violating the terms of his release.

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