Palestinians: Prisoner ends 44-day hunger strike


RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A Palestinian official says a female prisoner held by Israel has agreed to end a hunger strike after 44 days.

Qadoura Fares, who heads a group representing Palestinian prisoners, says Hana Shalabi agreed to be expelled to the Gaza Strip for three years under a compromise reached with Israel on Thursday.

Shalabi, 30, a supporter of the militant Islamic Jihad group, launched the strike to protest "administrative detention," an Israeli military policy that kept her jailed without formal charges.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.