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    Israel Frees Palestinian Journalist After Three Month Hunger Strike

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    After a hunger strike that lasted for more than three months, a Palestinian journalist has been released from an Israeli prison.

    Mohammed al-Qiq, a Palestinian journalist, has been imprisoned in southern Israel's Negev desert over "terror activity" on behalf of Hamas. Al-Qiq denied the allegations and went on 94-day hunger strike, protesting the "torture and ill treatment that he was subjected to during interrogation."

    He ingested only tap water, with the occasional addition of minerals and vitamins. His condition raised concern from the United Nations.

    He ended his hunger strike after Israeli authorities said earlier this February that they would not extend his detention under an administrative detention system which allows Israel to hold prisoners without trial for renewable six-month periods. Al-Qiq has been released, traveling to Dura in the Palestinian territories to reunite with his family.

    Al-Qiq calls this a victory over Israeli occupation.

    "This victory today adds to the many victories of the Palestinian people that will go on, God willing, with greater resilience and consistency," Al-Qiq told journalists after he met his relatives.


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