Israel releases Palestinian who staged 66-day hunger strike

AP , Thursday 5 Nov 2015

Mohammed Allan
File Photo: A Palestinian woman holds a picture depicting Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan during a protest in solidarity with Allan, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah August 14, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Israel has freed a Palestinian who earlier this year conducted an unprecedented 66-day hunger strike.

Mohammed Allan returned to the West Bank after spending one year in an Israeli jail for suspected links to a militant group. Israel's Supreme Court suspended Allan's detention in August when his health deteriorated and he ended his hunger strike.

But after his condition improved he was rearrested, launched a new hunger strike and served the remainder of his second six-month term.

Allan went on hunger strike to protest his jailing without charge. He suffered some brain damage as a result of the strike.

Allan spoke to reporters following his return late Wednesday, calling his release "a victory."

His plight sparked outrage among Palestinians. The case also drew attention to a contentious Israeli force-feeding law.


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