Palestinian hunger-striker close to death: Israeli rights group

A Palestinian man on hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said Monday.Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in administrative detention, a policy that Israel uses to hold suspected militants without charge.The married father of six launched his strike to protest the policy.He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad militant group.On Monday, some 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to su…

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