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  • Mohammad al-Qiq is hugged by his sister upon his release in the West Bank, May 19, 2016.

    Mohammad al-Qiq is hugged by his sister upon his release in the West Bank, May 19, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

The journalist nearly lost his life while on hunger strike as he was imprisoned without trial or charge.

An imprisoned Palestinian journalist has been released after spending five months in an Israeli jail and 93 days on hunger strike.

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Muhammad al-Qiq nearly lost his life while on hunger strike, but he is a free man now and was welcomed by his family and supporters at his home in the West Bank town of Dura, south of Hebron.

“Today is a day of victory for the Palestinian people,” the 34-year-old journalist said to the press.

Before his detention, al-Qiq worked as a reporter at the Saudi News Agency Almajd TV Network.

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He was arrested at home under suspicion of terrorist activities under the so-called administrative detention that allows Israeli authorities to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months without trial or charge.

According to Palestinian authorities, the current number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention centers is around 7,000, with 500 of those Palestinians under administrative detention.


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