Hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners ends after 40 days

Hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners ends after 40 days


Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who held a hunger strike to demand better conditions in Israeli jails have agreed to end their protest after 40 days.

The decision was made after Israel reached a compromise with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross for the detainees to receive an additional family visit each month, according to the Israeli prison service.

The service said 834 prisoners had ended their protests.

The hunger strike sparked clashes between Israeli forces and hundreds of Palestinians who were supporting the prisoners.

Dozens were hurt in rioting in the West Bank and at the border of the Gaza Strip earlier this month.

A Palestinian man was killed when an Israeli settler opened fire during the protest. The Palestinians had been throwing rocks at passing vehicles, including one belonging to the settler, according to the Israeli military.

Israeli officials had dismissed the strike as a political move orchestrated by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who has long been seen as a potential successor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Barghouti is serving five life terms after being convicted by an Israeli court of directing two shooting attacks and a bombing that killed five people.

Earlier this month, Israel released footage apparently showing Barghouti breaking his fast. Palestinians said the video was fabricated.

More than 6,000 Palestinians are currently in prison for offences linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

(c) Sky News 2017: Hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners ends after 40 days