Palestinians end hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have ended their hunger strike Saturday after forty days. That sign in the Israeli prison service and a Palestinian Government official.

About 1 100 prisoners initially did with the hunger strike, which began on 17 april and led to tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. On the occupied West Bank and along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip was protested in solidarity with the prisoners.

More than eight hundred prisoners who were on hunger strike, ended Saturday their action. They protested against the poor conditions in the prisons in their eyes in Israel. After negotiations between the Israeli prison authorities, the International Red Cross and the Palestinian Authority agreed that the prisoners Israel on some points.

Issa Karaka, Chairman of the prison system at the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), confirmed that the prisoners had decided to go again.

Wednesday urged the High Commissioner for human rights of the United Nations, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, still with Israel to improve conditions for Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Karaka nor the Israeli prison service made further details of the agreement. The prison service reported, however, that a second monthly family visits would be introduced after it was deleted in the past.

Until the strike was called by Marwan Barghouti, the senior prisoner in solitary confinement, to protest against Israel and the Israeli practices to imprison people without trial.

Barghouti, one of the leaders in the Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, is lifelong in 2004 sentenced to five times for the murder of Israelis during the second Intifada. Polls show that many Palestinians Barghouti as the next president want.

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