He agreed to end his hunger strike. He drank tea ten minutes ago and everything is finehis lawyer Jawad Boulos, who visited him at the Israeli hospital where he remains under surveillance, said late Tuesday evening.
According to the agreement reached between Palestinian and Israeli officials, Mr. Abou Hawash will be released on February 26, the date of the end of his six-month administrative detention which will not be renewed, Boulos said.
Victoire for the man, whose family was celebrating the future liberation in the village of Doura, in the occupied West Bank.
40-year-old Mr. Abu Hawash, a member of the Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad and suspected by Israel of being linked to attacks on the Hebrew state, began his hunger strike last August to protest his detention without charge or trial since October 2020.
The father of five, with an emaciated face covered with a thick beard, is the subject of administrative detention, a measure allowing the Israeli authorities to detain a person without charge for a renewable period of six months.
Irreversible consequences for his health
Last weekend, medical teams who visited him found him in a
critical state, then indicated the International Committee of the Red Cross (IARC) which had said
concerned about the irreversible consequences for his health and his possible tragic death.
His situation is very dangerous (…) he can no longer speak at all and is no longer aware of what is happening around him. Even if he ends his strike, he will have serious health problemsAïsha Hrebat, wife of Mr. Abou Hawash, told AFP on Sunday.
The Palestinian Authority, which sits in the occupied West Bank, called for his release
immediate, while the Palestinian Islamist movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad had threatened Israel with reprisals if Mr. Abu Hawash died in detention.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, a civilian organization for the defense of detainees from the Territories imprisoned in Israel, this hunger strike is one of the longest ever carried out by a Palestinian.