PFLP leader suspends hunger strike for 3 days

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October 19, 2011

Ahmad Saadat (MaanImages/file)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has suspended his hunger strike for three days amid consultations with leaders of the campaign.

Ahmad Saadat was informed of the decision in his prison hospital in Ramle jail, an Addameer society attorney said.

The attorney met with Saadat in Ramle along with a doctor from the International Committee of the Red Cross, who visited the hospital and described the PFLP leader’s condition as stable.

Fares Qaddura, head of the Palestinian prisoners society, had said Tuesday that Saadat lost 10 kilos as his hunger strike entered its 23rd day. Prisoners started their strike on Sept. 27 to protest ill treatment.

Prisoners in Israel’s Ohalei Kedar jail, meanwhile, have agreed to suspend their hunger strike for three days after Israel stopped using isolation as a policy, representatives of the detainees said Tuesday.

The agreement also stipulated that prisoners would be subject to less stringent jail policies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had worsened jail conditions to pressure Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. The soldier returned to Israel on Tuesday in exchange for 477 prisoners in the first phase of a prisoner swap agreement.

According to recent estimates from the Palestinian Authority, there were 6,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails before the agreement to free a total of 1,027 prisoners in exchange for Shalit.

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