JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for eight months has ended his hunger strike.
His lawyer and the Israeli military say the prisoner ended his fast after reaching a deal with Israel for early release.
Samer Issawi (SAM'-ur ee-SAH'-wee) began refusing food in August to protest his re-arrest a month earlier. He became a symbol of the Palestinian struggle against Israel, and some demonstrations over his case turned violent.
His lawyer says Israeli military prosecutors agreed to release him after he serves another eight months. According to the lawyer, Issawi ended the hunger strike in the presence of his sister and uncle.
The Israeli military confirms the deal, but it's providing no further details.
Issawi was initially sentenced in 2002 to 26 years in prison for his role in a series of shooting attacks targeting police cars and students at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
175-a-07-(Shireen Issawi (shur-EEN' ee-SAH'-wee), sister of hunger striker Samer (SAM'-ur) Issawi, in interview)-"here in Palestine"-Shireen Issawi says her brother's hunger strike created an awareness of the thousands of Palestinians behind bars in Israel. (23 Apr 2013)
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174-a-16-(Shireen Issawi (shur-EEN' ee-SAH'-wee), sister of hunger striker Samer (SAM'-ur) Issawi, in interview)-"this this battle"-Shireen Issawi says her brother has been vindicated. (23 Apr 2013)
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173-a-15-(Shireen Issawi (shur-EEN' ee-SAH'-wee), sister of hunger striker Samer (SAM'-ur) Issawi, in interview)-"his hunger strike"-Shireen Issawi says her brother was in a very critical condition before the court ruling. (23 Apr 2013)
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APPHOTO DV101: In this Monday, April 22, 2013 photo, people hold posters showing Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike Samer Issawi outside a hospital in Rehovot, Israel. Issawi, who refused food for months, is expected to end his hunger strike on Tuesday after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) (22 Apr 2013)
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