Palestinian activists stand around a 5x4 meter (16.5x13 feet) mosaic portrait of Marwan Barghouti near an Israeli military installation in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (AP Photo/ Nasser Shiyoukhi)
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The wife of the leader of a hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons has written to Pope Francis calling on him to intervene "before it is too late".The hunger strike began on April 17, led by Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada.A lawyer said Wednesday Israel canceled his scheduled prison visit with Barghouti. Israeli authorities say 894 Palestinian prisoners have kept up the strike, though Palestinian officials say it is more than 1,000 .
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