Israel detains popular Palestinian activist, hunger striker for third time

Published January 5th, 2016 - 07:30 GMT

Israeli forces on Monday afternoon detained former Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, most famous for undertaking two grueling hunger strikes to secure his release from Israel's prisons.

Witnesses told Ma'an that an Israeli military vehicle stopped a private car Adnan was driving near Silwad village east of Ramallah and took him to an unknown location.

Adnan was released in July last year after he undertook a 55-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge.

"All the guarantees which Sheikh Khader asked for have been obtained, and so he triumphed over the occupation state after 55 days of hunger strike," Adnan's wife told Ma'an at the time.

However, Adnan's release was only made possible after he withdrew his demand that Israel agree never to hold him in administrative detention again.

His hunger strike, which brought him near death by the time it concluded was the second he had carried out, following a 66-day long hunger strike in 2012 that also ended in his release.

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