[23 Dec 2013] israel frees Palestinian prisoner after hunger-strike deal - English

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Israel has freed a Palestinian prisoner after he agreed to halt a lengthy hunger strike that almost killed him. Samer al-Issawi, who was in an Israeli prison since July 2012, began a 260-day hunger strike in August 2012 in protest over Israel\\\'s decision to send him back to prison to serve the remaining 16 years of an earlier 26-year sentence. Issawi was released in 2011 on parole from prison but was rearrested less than a year later for allegedly violating his parole. He went on a hunger strike in which he consumed only liquids fortified with vitamins that lasted for more than eight months until April 2013. His protest attracted widespread attention in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Issawi only ended his protest after Israel agreed to shorten his sentence and give him an eight-month parole violation sentence. Israel currently holds thousands of Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian officials say over 200 Palestinian security prisoners have died in Israeli prisons since 1948.

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