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Palestinian journalist Al-Qeeq ends hunger strike

Imprisoned Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq ended his 94-day hunger strike on Friday after reaching an agreement with Israel that paves the way for his release, a senior Palestinian official told Anadolu Agency.

“Muhammad Al-Qeeq ended his hunger strike after an agreement was reached to release him from custody on May 21,” Issa Qraqe, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s detainees committee, said.

Qraqe said a written agreement was signed between Al-Qeeq and the Israeli authorities. It stipulates that he will continue seeking treatment at al-Afula Hospital and his family will be allowed to visit him.

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Qraqe added that Al-Qeeq will then continue his administration detention at Israel’s Nafha prison and will be set free on May 21.

Originally from the West Bank city of Hebron, Al-Qeeq had lived in Ramallah, where he worked for al-Majd TV, a popular Arabic-language channel.

The 33-year-old began his hunger strike on Nov. 24, 2015, three days after being arrested by Israel on charges of “incitement.”

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