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Palestinian Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike after Israel Concedes

Saturday 27 May 2017
Palestinian Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike after Israel Concedes

Marwan Barghouti

Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli regime jails after the Tel Aviv regime conceded to some demands.

Alwaght-Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails after the regime conceded to some demands.

The hunger strike which lasted for nearly 40 days was ended following night-time negotiations that involved the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Issa Qaraqe, the head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, confirmed the deal on Saturday.

Some 30 of the more than 800 hunger strikers had been hospitalized in recent days, raising fears of an escalation of clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.

A statement released by the National Committee for the Freedom and Dignity of the Hunger Strikers said that the "hunger strike renewed the resistance struggle for the Palestinian people".

It added that further details of the deal would be released later but that the hunger strike was a "victory for the prisoners and the Palestinian resistance".

More than 1,700 Palestinian prisoners had joined the protest action dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike since April 17, which was initially called by Imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti. The strikers were demanding basic rights, such as an end to the policies of administrative detention, solitary confinement and deliberate medical negligence.

An Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman confirmed the hunger strike was over but said the deal had been reached not with prisoners' representatives but with the Palestinian Authority and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Israeli authorities reportedly conceded to one of the prisoners' main demands - that they should have two family visits a month instead of the one they were entitled to before the strike, the spokeswoman said.

The ICRC had warned on Thursday that its doctors who have been visiting the prisoners were concerned about "potential irreversible health consequences".

 

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