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Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike


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Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have ended a 40-day hunger strike over their conditions in Israeli jails.

More than 1,000 inmates initially took part in the protest and some 800 were still refusing food when a deal was reached on Saturday.

Under the accord, the Prison Service says a second monthly family visit will be reinstated after being cut in the past.

In recent days, a number of prisoners were hospitalised as their health failed.



The strike, against solitary confinement and detention without trial, was called by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian jailed in Israel.

Barghouti, a leader in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, is serving five life terms for murder. Surveys show many Palestinians want him to be their next president.


with Reuters