Middle East

Palestinian prisoners in Israel end hunger strike

Palestinian woman try to push back Israeli special police forces behind shields after protesters were asked to stop a demonstration gathering Hamas supporters to express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails on June 20, 2014 in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A Palestinian official says about 80 Palestinian prisoners have ended their hunger strike after 63 days, after reaching a deal with Israel.

Minister of Prisoner Affairs Shawqi Al-Aissa said the hunger strike ended Wednesday. He wouldn't elaborate on the deal struck with the Israel Prison Authority.

Since 2012, Palestinian prisoners have staged a series of hunger strikes, sometimes as individuals and sometimes in larger groups to protest "administrative detention," a policy that can keep some prisoners in custody for months without charges.

Israel has defended the practice as a necessary tool to stop militant activity.

About 5,000 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israel for offenses ranging from rock throwing to deadly militant attacks. Of those, some 190 are administrative detainees.

The latest hunger strike was launched April 24.





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