Exclusive: Awawdeh's victory win for Palestine: Shehab
The head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's media office, Daoud Shehab confirms to Al Mayadeen that the occupation acquiesced to the prisoners' demands because it knows the strength they hold.
The head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's media office, Daoud Shehab, confirmed on Thursday, that "the victory of the prisoner Khalil Awawdeh reflects the victory of the Palestinian will."
In an interview with Al Mayadeen, Shehab said that "the occupation acquiesced to the prisoners' demands because it knows the strength they hold," noting that "the occupation was trying to achieve political gains in the elections at the expense of Awawdeh."
Shehab explained that "the Israeli enemy today treads cautiously while dealing with the strength of the popular will in the West Bank," and added, "The prisoners' file is an open battlefield and it is backed by national and factional consensus."
Shehab pointed out to Al Mayadeen that "the brothers in Egypt were committed to the release of prisoner Awawdeh," stressing that "contacts are still ongoing for the release of the prisoner Bassam Al-Saadi."
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On Wednesday, prisoner Khalil Awawdeh suspended his open hunger strike after 172 days, after reaching a written agreement to set a ceiling for his administrative detention and to be released on October 2.
After his victory in the battle of empty stomachs against the Israeli occupation, Prisoner Khalil Awawdeh told Al Mayadeen on Thursday that "as soon as the freedom decision was issued, all the misery, pain and hunger disappeared."
"The decision to freedom after this cruel and fierce battle, which exposed the occupation, its true face, and its oppression, took away my pain," Awawdeh stressed.
A ceasefire in Gaza has been reached on August 7 agreeing to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's demands in full. The head of the political department in the Islamic Jihad Movement, Muhammad Al-Hindi, said that "a formula for the Egyptian declaration of the truce agreement has been reached, and it includes Egypt's commitment to work for the release of the two prisoners, Khalil Awawdeh and Bassam Al-Saadi."
PIJ Secretary-General Ziad Al-Nakhala had said that the Israeli occupation was hard at work toward reaching a ceasefire agreement and that the PIJ was the side that stipulated the release of Al-Saadi and Awawdeh.
"If the enemy does not abide by our conditions, we will consider the agreement void and we will resume fighting again," Al-Nakhala warned.