Israel agrees to free two Palestinian hunger strikers after months

"Jaafar Izzedine and Tarek Qaadan have paused their hunger strike," said Qadura Fares, head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners.

Israel agrees to free two Palestinian hunger strikers after months

World Bulletin / News Desk

After months, two Palestinians in Israeli jail have ended their protest hunger strike after Israel agreed to release them in May, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

The men were among four held without formal charge in an Israeli jail who have refused to eat for between three and six months.

Their worsening state, coupled with the death of another Palestinian in detention on Saturday, fuelled the violence in which at least six Palestinian protesters were shot and badly wounded, less than a month before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to visit the West Bank town of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

"Jaafar Izzedine and Tarek Qaadan have paused their hunger strike," said Qadura Fares, head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners.

He confirmed that Israel had agreed to release them on May 21 and said an Israeli court was expected to ratify the deal early next month, Israel holds 178 Palestinians.

An Israeli official with the Prisons Authority confirmed that Izzedine and Qaadan had stopped their fast but did not comment on whether a deal was reached to free them.

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