Middle East

Israel frees Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan

Khader Adnan hugs his daughter as he arrives home in the village of Araba, near the West Bank City of Jenin, 12 July 2015 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Khader Adnan was reunited with his family after leaving the Israeli prison

Israel has freed a Palestinian prisoner who had held a 56-day hunger strike in protest at his detention.

Khader Adnan, 37, an Islamic Jihad activist, had been held for more than a year without charge under the Israeli "administrative detention" policy.

The hunger strike had left him in critical condition. He ended it on 28 June following a deal with Israel securing his release.

Gaza-based Islamic Jihad had threatened violence if he died.

Mr Adnan was arrested as part of a wave of Palestinian detentions following the kidnap and murder of three young Israelis in June 2014.

Mr Adnan, who comes from Jenin in the occupied West Bank, has been arrested a number of times by Israel.

He previously held a hunger strike in 2012 to secure his release.

Under "administrative detention" Israel can hold suspects indefinitely for renewable six-month periods. The controversial measure has been criticised by human rights groups.