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Israel releases Palestinian who had staged unprecedented 66-day hunger strike, was rearrested

  • A Palestinian youth hurls stones with a slingshot at Israeli troops during clashes following a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    A Palestinian youth hurls stones with a slingshot at Israeli troops during clashes following a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes following a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes following a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ibrahim Skafi, 22, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Skafi rammed his vehicle into an Israeli police officer in the West Bank on Wednesday, seriously injuring him before he was shot and killed, police said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ibrahim Skafi, 22, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Skafi rammed his vehicle into an Israeli police officer in the West Bank on Wednesday, seriously injuring him before he was shot and killed, police said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Israel has freed a Palestinian who earlier this year conducted an unprecedented 66-day hunger strike.

Mohammed Allan returned to the West Bank after spending one year in an Israeli jail for suspected links to a militant group. Israel's Supreme Court suspended Allan's detention in August when his health deteriorated and he ended his hunger strike.

But after his condition improved he was rearrested, launched a new hunger strike and served the remainder of his second six-month term.

Allan went on hunger strike to protest his jailing without charge. He suffered some brain damage as a result of the strike.

Allan spoke to reporters following his return late Wednesday, calling his release "a victory."

His plight sparked outrage among Palestinians. The case also drew attention to a contentious Israeli force-feeding law.