Detainees suspend hunger strike ‘for 3 days’

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Maan News Agency | October 18, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ohalei Kedar jail have agreed to suspend their hunger strike for three days, representatives of the detainees said Tuesday.

Detainees suspended the strike after prison authorities agreed to end the policy of solitary confinement, a statement said.

Israeli prison officials also agreed to transfer Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Ahmad Saadat to hospital for treatment. He will be returned to a normal cell at Ramle prison, after spending three years in isolation, detainees’ representatives said.

The agreement also stipulated that prisoners would be subject to less stringent jail policies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had worsened jail conditions to pressure Hamas to release Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was released Tuesday after five years in captivity.

If the Israeli prison authorities do not implement the agreement, the hunger strike will resume after three days, the statement said.

Detainees minister in Ramallah Issa Qaraqe told the official Wafa news agency on Monday that prisoners had suspended a three-week hunger strike after Israeli authorities agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement.

Prisoners went on hunger strike on Sept. 27 to protest their treatment in Israeli jails.

According to recent estimates from the Palestinian Authority, there are currently 6,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.



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