Palestinian prisoner ends record hunger strike

AP , Friday 26 Feb 2016

Mohammed al-Qeq
File photo shows hunger striking Palestinian journalist prisoner Mohammed al-Qeq, lying in a hospital bed at the Emek Medical Center in Afula, Al-Qeq family said he ended hunger strike after a record 94 days and that he will be released in three months Feb. 10, 2016 (Photo: AP)

The family of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for a record 94 days says he's ending his fast and will be released in three months' time.

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

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

He was fasting to protest being held without charges, a measure called administrative detention.

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

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