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Palestinian Man Jailed Without Charge Ends 6-Month Hunger Strike After Winning Release

HeadlineSep 01, 2022

In the occupied West Bank, a 40-year-old Palestinian prisoner has ended a hunger strike that saw him subsist on only water for over 170 days. Khalil Awawdeh said Wednesday he would break his fast, after Israeli officials agreed to release him in October. He has been held without charge by Israel under its so-called administrative detention program since his arrest late last year. Awawdeh lost over 100 pounds; his family says the hunger strike nearly killed him. Awawdeh looked emaciated and frail as he spoke from a hospital bed Wednesday.

Khalil Awawdeh: “I will remain in the hospital until I recover and be able to stand up and walk again. This victory is a continuation of the victories that our Palestinian people have achieved.”

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