Sheikh Adnan Khader, a leader of the Islamic Jihad who went on hunger-strike for 66 consecutive days demanding an end to his illegal detention without charges or trial, was released by the Israeli Prison Authorities at midnight on Tuesday.The Maan News Agency reported that Adnan arrived in his home town of Arraba, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and immediately went to the protest tent to show solidarity with detainee Ja’far Ez Ed-Deen, who has been on hunger strike for twenty days.

Maan said that hundreds of residents and several political and social leaders marched to Adnan’s home welcoming him and saluting his determination and steadfastness that led to the end of his illegal Administrative Detention.

Marking Palestinian Prisoners Day on April 17, the Palestinian Central Census Bureau and the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees issued a joint release revealing that 201 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons since 1967 due to torture, medical negligence, and by live ammunition. 76 of them died in Israeli prisons since late 2000.

The Bureau added that 4700 detainees are currently imprisoned by Israel, this includes 6 women, 185 children and 27 elected legislators.