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Israeli army rearrests former Palestinian hunger striker Thaer Halahla

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Former Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker Thaer Halahla, 35, was rearrested in the West Bank on Wednesday, nearly a year after his release, a Palestinian official said.

Halahla , who was held without charge by Israel for almost two years until June 2012, was rearrested in Ramallah, an official in the Palestinian Authority's ministry for prisoners' affairs told AFP.

Halahla was released on June 5 last year after a 76-day hunger strike in protest at Israeli prison conditions.

He was one of more than 1,500 prisoners who fasted for varying periods until May 14 2012, when a deal with Israeli authorities for better conditions was struck.

Under what Israel calls “administrative detention” suspects can be imprisoned without trial by order of a military court. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely for up to six months at a time.

In May 2012, Palestinian prisoners agreed to a deal with Israel to end their fast in exchange for an easing of their conditions.