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Israel to Free Palestinian Detainee After 2-Month Hunger Strike

February 22, 2012

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Israel has agreed to free a Palestinian detainee, Khader Adnan, who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months, Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said today in a telephone interview. Israel’s Justice Ministry reached the agreement in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Weizman said, adding she did not know when he will be released.

Adnan, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad organization was arrested Dec. 17 at his home in the northern West Bank city of Jenin and has been held at an Israeli hospital as his physical condition has declined. Islamic Jihad is considered a terrorist group by Israel and the U.S.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Louis Meixler at lmeixler@bloomberg.net


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