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Raed Rayan suspends hunger strike after 113 days

Jerusalem24 – Palestinian administrative Raed Rayan has suspended his hunger strike after 113 days, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society announced on Thursday.

Israeli authorities reportedly agreed to release him at the end of his current administrative detention period in November this year.

27-year-old Raed Rayan, from the village of Beit Doqu north of Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli forces in November 2021 and handed a six-month administrative detention order. When that order was renewed, he launched an open-ended hunger strike.

Administrative detainees are held by Israel without charge or trial, on the basis of secret evidence neither they nor their lawyers are allowed to see.

Rayan continues to be in a precarious health condition, suffering from blurred vision, migraines, and difficulty walking. Rayan has been held in Ramleh Prison Hospital along with fellow hunger-striker Khalil Awawdeh.

40-year-old Awawdeh suspended his hunger strike at the end of June after 111 days based on a verbal agreement to release him at the end of his detention period. He resumed his hunger strike two days later when he was informed the agreement was reneged on.

There are currently 650 Palestinian administrative detainees held in Israeli prisons, according to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

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