Israel rearrests former hunger striker Muhammad Allan: media report

Published September 16th, 2015 - 08:49 GMT

Israeli media reported Wednesday that Israeli authorities had 'rearrested' the former Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan after he was discharged from hospital.

Israel's Channel 10 reported that Allan was arrested by Israeli police as he was leaving Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, and had been returned to the Israeli Prison Service.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society told Ma'an that it had not yet received any information of the report.

An Israeli Prison Service spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Allan, 31, ended a 66-day hunger strike in August after Israel's top court suspended his administrative detention. He had entered a coma twice before the hunger strike was through.

However, rights group Amnesty International reported that Israel's suspension of Allan's administrative detention was based on his medical condition alone and "took no account of the legality of his detention," raising fears that Allan could be resentenced if his health improved.

Allan's hunger strike sparked new calls for Israel to curb its use of administrative detention under which prisoners may be held without trial or charge for renewable six-month periods, indefinitely.

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