Palestinian prisoners in Israel end hunger strike

28 May, 2017, 01:44 | Author: Van Morton
  • AP hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh

The ICRC also says it "is in regular contact with the relatives of detainees on hunger strike and is a direct witness of their anxiety, which continues to mount in the absence of family visits".

What's behind Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike? She said it came after Israel reached a compromise with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross for prisoners to receive a second family visit each per month. One of the demands of the prisoners, that there should be an additional visiting day for family members, has been accepted by the Israel Prison Service.

The Israel Prison Service stated: "Both parties cooperated and as a result of the combined effort, the hunger-strike ended today". Demonstrations in support of the prisoners had been held across the West Bank, leading to repeated bloody clashes with Israeli security forces. The strike was led by prisoners of the Fatah party, particularly by Marwan Barghouti.

According to figures from the Israeli Prison Service, some 1,100 prisoners took part in the strike initially, with hundreds joining in later.

On Friday, Palestinian demonstrators had turned out on the streets in the occupied West Bank and blockaded Gaza Strip to express their solidarity with the hunger strikers.

"This was one of the widest and longest Palestinian hunger strikes in history of the prisoners' movement and it was for basic demands".

Palestinians regard the detainees as political prisoners.

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".

"This is an important step towards full respect of the rights of Palestinian prisoners under worldwide law". Many Palestinians see Barghouti as a potential future leader of the Palestinian Authority, despite his prison sentence.

Opinion polls have, however, repeatedly showed that many Palestinians would like Barghouti to be their next president and analysts believe the deal will improve his position in Palestinian politics.

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