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Jailed Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq has put an end to its grueling 94-day hunger strike that had exposed him to an immediate risk of death after his lawyers reached an agreement with Zionist authorities for his release in May.
Lawyers Hanan al-Khatib and Hiba Masalha, of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, said Qiq officially ended his hunger strike on Friday in a statement made in front of his family members, Arab members of the Knesset as well as some members of the committee.
Qadura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, said the Palestinian journalist will continue to receive medical treatment in Israeli regime hospitals until his release on May 21.
He said Qiq was now accepting medical treatment and was allowing doctors in HaEmek Medical Center, where he has been held for most of his hunger strike, to examine him.
Fares said Qiq would also be allowed visits from his family, including his wife, two children, and father.
Qiq had been on hunger strike since November 25, 2015, to protest his administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge. Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to eight, ten and eleven years.
The father of two, who used to work for Saudi Arabia’s al-Majd TV network, has been accused by Israeli regime’s Shin Bet internal spy service of “terror activity” involving the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas.
The Palestinian journalist rejected the allegations and began the hunger strike after facing torture during interrogation.