Palestinian prisoner ending hunger strike after deal

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Posted: Feb 21, 2012 8:09 AM
Palestinian prisoner ending hunger strike after deal

RAMALLAH (Reuters) - A Palestinian held without trial by Israel agreed Tuesday to end his 66-day hunger strike after Israeli authorities promised to release him in April.

"There is a deal. (Khader Adnan) will stop his hunger strike. They will not extend his administrative detention and he will be free on April 17," an Israeli Justice Ministry spokeswoman said, after Israel's High Court, in light of the agreement, cancelled plans to hear the Islamic Jihad member's appeal against his imprisonment.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Additional reporting by Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem and Jihan Abdalla in Ramallah, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)