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Jailed Palestinians end hunger strike

JERUSALEM — Two Palestinian prisoners held by Israel have ended their hunger strike of nearly three months, and two other hunger strikers have been hospitalized, an Israeli official said Thursday.

The prisoners who ended their fast did so because an Israeli military prosecutor told them that he would not seek to extend their detention at a hearing next week, said their lawyer, Jawad Boulous.

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The two prisoners, Tarek Qaadan and Jafar Ezzeldeen, are being held without charges or trial, in so-called administrative detention.

Sivan Weizman, a spokeswoman for Israel’s prison service, said the two started eating on Wednesday, ending a fast that began Dec. 3. Two other prisoners on hunger strikes were hospitalized to prevent their health from further deterioration, Weizman said. Palestinians have been protesting in support of the hunger strikers and have warned of a backlash if any of them died.

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