JERUSALEM – A lawyer for a Palestinian prisoner on an extended hunger strike says a deal has been reached with Israeli authorities that should end his fast.
Lawyer Jawad Bulous says military prosecutors agreed early Tuesday to release Samer Issawi after he serves another eight months in prison. Bulous says the deal will be signed later in the day after which Issawi will end his hunger strike.
Issawi began refusing food in August to protest his arrest. It became a rallying cry for Palestinians who protested, sometimes violently, on his behalf.
Issawi was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 2002 for his role in a series of shooting attacks targeting police cars and university students.
Issawi was freed in a 2011 deal which exchanged hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one captured Israeli soldier, but he was later arrested for violating the terms of his release.