JERUSALEM: Two Palestinians held in Israeli custody without trial have ended their hunger strike but are still being treated in civilian hospitals, an Israeli prison official said on Thursday.
Jaafar Ezzeddine and Tariq Qaadan had "started eating yesterday," Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told AFP.
Two other prisoners "Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna are both continuing their hunger strike," she said, adding they were now the only inmates still refusing food.
All four, who stopped eating several months ago but have been taking fluids and vitamins, are currently in hospital, she said.
A Palestinian prisoner support group said that Ezzedine and Qaadan would decide whether to renew their protest action after a hearing on their cases next week.
"Inmates Jaafar Ezzeddine and Tariq Qaadan have decided to suspend their open-ended hunger strike until March 6, when the Ofer military court will hold a hearing on their administrative detention," said the Palestinian Prisoners' Club.
"The final decision to suspend or renew the (hunger) strike will be made based on the ruling of the court that day," it said in a statement.
"The military prosecution has revealed that it will not seek renewal of their administrative detention."
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 six months at a time.