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Israel releases prisoner after 20-day hunger strike

Aug. 8, 2018 11:09 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 1:25 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities released, on Tuesday evening, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a 20-day hunger strike, along with his father, from the Israeli prison of Ashkelon.

The Prisoners and Former Prisoners' Affairs Committee said that prisoner Muhammad Rimawi, 27, was detained on July 19 after Israeli forces raided his home in the Beit Rima village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Rimawi immediately started an open hunger strike as a form of protest against his detention.

During Rimawi's hunger strike, Israeli forces also detained his father, Nimr Rimawi, 54, as an attempt to pressure Muhammad into signing a confession paper for a crime had not committed and to end his hunger strike. However, such an attempt failed.

Regardless of his father's detention, Rimawi continued his open hunger strike for 20 consecutive days, causing his health to deteriorate and forcing the Israeli Prison Services to release him.

Following his and his father's release, Rimawi was immediately transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, where he received the necessary medical treatment to help improve his health.

Muhammad Rimawi had previously spent three years in Israeli prisons before being released about six months ago.

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