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Mass Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails ends after visitation deal

Lamar Ellis | 28 May, 2017, 01:20

In late April, hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons started hunger strikes demanding better detention conditions.

Palestinian women hold pictures of their jailed families, as they celebrate during a protest in solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails, in the West Bank City of Nablus, on May 27, 2017.

The hunger strikers' long list of demands included an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, a policy under which Israel holds prisoners without charge or trial.

The situation on the ground in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday reached a critical and risky juncture as the health of the hunger-striking Palestinian political prisoners continued to deteriorate on the 33rd day of their strike.

Support for the prisoners is an emotional consensus issue; hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been jailed by Israel at one time or another since 1967.

Palestinian Authority prisoners' affair chief Issa Qaraqe said it had come after some 20 hours of talks between Israeli officials and strike leader Marwan Barghouti, a figure revered among Palestinians but reviled by many Israelis.

Marwan Barghouti is the main leader who was leading the strike and he is considered to be the successor of the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian inmates complain that they have been subjected to assault and torture at Israeli prisons.

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But the Israeli prison spokesperson reportedly "declined to comment on whether any of the other demands were met".

Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, alleged that the hunger strike was motivated by a power struggle in Mr Abbas's Fatah movement.

On Friday, the Mideast envoy of the United Nations, said that Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip will surely face a "humanitarian crisis" if further reductions of electricity are made.

Earlier this month, Israel released footage apparently showing Barghouti breaking his fast.

The Israeli Authority noted that the Red Cross had previously funded the transportation for family members to visit prisoners twice per month but stopped funding the second visit for budgetary reasons.

Avi Buskila of Peace Now said in a statement the protest is "against the lack of hope offered to us by the right wing government".

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