Khader Adnan, a leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group. Pic: AP

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli custody after months-long hunger strike

Khader Adnan, a leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group. Pic: AP

Shortly after Khader Adnan’s death was announced, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a volley of rockets into southern Israel.

A high-profile Palestinian prisoner has died in Israeli custody after a nearly three-month hunger strike, Israel’s prison service has announced.

Palestinian inmates have for years been staging protracted hunger strikes to protest against their detention and to seek concessions from Israel.

Khader Adnan, a leader in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group – is the first to die in decades. The 45-year-old began his hunger strike shortly after being arrested on 5 February.

His death raises the potential for renewed violence between Israel and Palestinian militant groups as violence surges in the West Bank.

Shortly after his death was announced there were clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in the West Bank.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a volley of rockets into southern Israel. Palestinian groups also called for a general strike in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip

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