RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Former Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs Wasfi Qabha said that the efforts that had been made lately by senior Hamas officials and some lawyers in addition to leading Hamas detainees led to the agreement that was brokered on Sunday between the Jordanian hunger strikers and Israeli jailers.
In a press release, Qabha stated that intensive telephone contacts took place between prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouthi, who is in Afola hospital, and the other hunger strikers in Ramla and Beersheba jails to discuss the Israeli offer to meet their minimum demands.
The Hamas official noted that this agreement had been in place about a week ago, but the Israeli refusal to allow the father of Abdullah Barghouthi and the wife of Ibrahim Hamed to visit them in prison delayed its announcement.
He added that the hunger strikers’ insistence on having their minimum rights fully prompted the Israeli prison authority to respond to their demands and backtrack on its refusal to allow the father of Barghouthi and the wife of Hamed to be among the visitors.
The official affirmed that the hunger strikers started to drink milk following their agreement with senior Israeli prison and intelligence officials, pointing that prisoner Abdullah Barghouthi was able to phone his wife and his children for about 15 minutes.
Qabah said that Anas Abu Khadir, member of the Jordanian prisoners support team, would reveal later further details of the agreement that happened between the hunger strikers and the Israeli side.
Report: Published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012
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