- Title: Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails end hunger strike
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: PEOPLE CELEBRATING / OTHERS WATCHING
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 12:02
- Keywords: news conference Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons hunger strike in Israeli jails
- Location: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
- City: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036IM5BNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on Saturday (May 27) ended a 40-day hunger strike over conditions in Israeli jails, the Israel Prison Service and a Palestinian official said.
About 1,100 inmates had initially taken part in one of the largest such hunger strikes, which began on April 17. It raised tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, with protests in support of the strikers spilling over into clashes in the West Bank and along the Israel-Gaza border.
More than 800 inmates, who had stuck with the hunger strike until Saturday, ended it after talks held with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Authority to change some of the prisoners' conditions, a Prison Service Statement said.
Palestinians in the West Bank and relatives of prisoners celebrated an agreement announced during a news conference by a member of Fatah Central Committee.
The strike was called by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian jailed in Israel, to protest against solitary confinement and detention without trial, which has been applied to thousands of prisoners since the 1980s. Israel says that measure is necessary to prevent attacks and protect security sources.
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