Palestinian Hunger Striker Reportedly on the Verge of Death

Khader Adnan, an administrative detainee, is on day 54 of a hunger strike; negotiations over his release will resume on Saturday night.

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Administrative detainee Khader Adnan, on the 54th day of a hunger strike, is likely to die at any minute, his attorney Jawad Boulus said on Saturday morning.

Negotiations between Boulus and military advocate general Morris Hirsch over Adnan's ending his hunger strike in return for his release are due to resume on Saturday evening.

Boulus told a press conference that he had been called to the hospital early on Saturday morning due to Adnan's deteriorating condition.

"Khader doesn't want to die and Israel is not interested in his dying," said Boulus, who expressed the hope that an agreement would not come too late.

Adnan, who was placed under administrative detention for the ninth time 11 months ago, went on hunger strike to protest his prolonged detention without trial. Three years ago, during another period of administrative detention, he won his release after hunger-striking for 66 days. Altogether, he has spent more than six years in Israeli detention.

The Shin Bet security service says he is an active member of Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization.

He was forcibly hospitalized and chained to his bed in Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin earlier this month. According to two Israeli anti-occupation activists who visited him, he is being held with one hand and one leg cuffed to the bed 24-hours a day and three policemen in his room around the clock.

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