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Israeli doctor says condition of Palestinian hunger striker improves after detention suspended

  • Mazoza Allan, mother of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed Allan reacts to a Supreme Court decision outside Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, southern, Israel, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the detention order for Allan who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months, releasing him while he receives medical care in a decision hailed by relatives and supporters as a victory. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Mazoza Allan, mother of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed Allan reacts to a Supreme Court decision outside Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, southern, Israel, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the detention order for Allan who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months, releasing him while he receives medical care in a decision hailed by relatives and supporters as a victory. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, August 19, 2015 file photo, Mazoza Allan, left, and Amid Allan, a brother of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike, wait outside Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, southern, Israel. The Palestinian prisoner held without charge by Israel ended his unprecedented two-month-long hunger strike on Thursday, his lawyer said, a day after Israel’s Supreme Court suspended his detention. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, August 19, 2015 file photo, Mazoza Allan, left, and Amid Allan, a brother of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike, wait outside Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon, southern, Israel. The Palestinian prisoner held without charge by Israel ended his unprecedented two-month-long hunger strike on Thursday, his lawyer said, a day after Israel’s Supreme Court suspended his detention. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)  (The Associated Press)

An Israeli doctor says the condition of a Palestinian hunger striker has greatly improved — a day after Israel suspended his detention.

Dr. Hezy Levy of Israel's Barzilai Hospital says Mohammed Allan is showing "great improvement." He says Allan has been taken off a respirator and has started to communicate. He said Thursday Allan is "on the right path."

Allan launched the strike more than two months ago to protest his detention without charge by Israel.

On Wednesday, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the detention suspended because his condition had deteriorated. Doctors said he suffered brain damage.

It remains unclear whether Israel will release Allan if he recovers, or whether he has ended the hunger strike.

Israel has claimed Allan belongs to the Islamic Jihad militant group. He denies the allegation.