A Palestinian prisoner who has been on a prolonged hunger strike was transferred from an Israeli jail to a hospital on Thursday due to his deteriorating health.

Under legal restrictions, a representative of the Israeli prison service who would not be named confirmed the development, reported the AP.

According to his family, Khalil Awawdeh has resisted eating for more than 160 days in an effort to draw attention to the fact that Israel has been holding him on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group.

As a condition of the ceasefire put into place on Monday that put an end to fighting between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel over the weekend, Gaza terrorists demanded his release. It is unclear if the ceasefire includes his release.

Israel asserts that administrative detention is necessary to prevent attacks or to detain dangerous suspects without sharing evidence that could endanger vital intelligence sources, according to the report.

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