IDF to Release Former Hunger Striker Mohammed Allaan in November

Islamic Jihad activist has been in administrative detention since leaving hospital two weeks ago.

AP

The Palestinian Prisoners Society announced Tuesday that the military advocate general has promised not to extend the administrative detention of security prisoner Mohammed Allaan, and he will be released on November 4. The defense establishment has confirmed the report, saying that the release depends on his refraining from a renewed hunger strike.

The Islamic Jihad activist was rearrested after his release from the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon about two weeks ago.

Allaan was placed in administrative detention about a year ago. Last month the High Court of Justice froze the detention order after it became clear that his hunger strike, which lasted for 65 days, had caused him brain damage. After the order was frozen Allaan discontinued the strike. About two weeks ago he was released from the hospital and rearrested, and since then has been held in an Israel Prison Service clinic in Ramle prison.

Following his arrest, Allaan announced that he was renewing the hunger strike. About 10 days ago he stopped the renewed strike, in light of contacts held with the military advocate general for his release.

The legal adviser for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, attorney Jawad Boulos, said that “Mohammed Allan is still in an unsatisfactory medical condition and must be under medical supervision. He is receiving medications and expects his condition to improve prior to his release in November.”