The longest hunger striking Palestinian administrative detainee ended today his fast after the Israeli High Court set a date for his release, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
It said Ahmad Ghannam, from the town of Dura in the south of the West Bank who has been on hunger strike for a straight 102 days in protest against his open-ended administrative detention without charge of trial, decided to call off his strike after the High Court ruled to set a ceiling for his detention, which means his release after completing the current administrative detention period.
According to the PPS, Ghannam was in a critical condition due to his long hunger strike and he was recently moved from isolation at Nitzan prison in central Israel to an Israeli hospital.
Ghannam was detained on June 18 of this year. He is a former prisoner and was in jail for his resistance activities for a total of nine years. He suffered from leukemia. He is married and a father of two young children.
In addition to Ghannam, five other administrative detainees remain on hunger strike demanding an end for their incarceration in Israel. These include: Ismail Ali, who has been on hunger strike for 92 days, Tareq Qadan, on strike for 85 days, Ahmad Zahran, 32 days, Musab Hindi, 30 days and Hiba Labadi, a Jordanian citizen detained when she was crossing into the West Bank coming from Jordan, who has also been no hunger strike for 30 days since her detention.