Israel offers to free Palestinian hunger-striker in November

Ben Sales

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel has offered to free Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike, in November, should he end his strike.

His lawyers, according to reports, rejected the offer.

Allaan, a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group, is under administrative detention — or imprisonment without trial. He has been refusing food since June 16 to protest his imprisonment.

On Friday, Allaan was placed in a medically-induced coma after his condition deteriorated, and was awakened Tuesday after his condition stabilized. He agreed to accept intravenous fluids for a 24-hour period to allow time for a deal to be reached. Allaan said he will stop accepting fluids if Israel does not agree to free him.

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He rejected an earlier Israeli offer to free him on condition that he live abroad for four years. Allaan is demanding to be freed immediately, but had previously said he would end the strike if he is released in time for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on September 22.

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported that 250 Palestinian administrative detainees began a hunger strike in support of Allaan.

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