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Palestinians halt 62-day hunger strike after deal

Published on Jun 25, 2014 4:17 PM
 
Palestinians hold posters with slogans and portraits of detainees during a demonstration on June 10, 2014, outside the Red Cross building in Jerusalem in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who were on hunger strike. Sixty-three Palestinian prisoners who have refused food for 62 days have suspended their hunger strike after reaching a deal with the Israel Prisons Service, their lawyer told AFP. -- PHOTO: AFP

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Sixty-three Palestinian prisoners who have refused food for 62 days have suspended their hunger strike after reaching a deal with the Israel Prisons Service, their lawyer told AFP.

The prisoners began refusing food on April 24 in protest at being held by Israel without charge or trial under a controversial procedure called administrative detention which can be indefinitely extended for years.

"The strikers, who have reached an agreement with the Israeli prison authorities, have decided to suspend their action with the approach of Ramadan," Ashraf Abu Snena said, referring to the Muslim fasting month which begins this weekend.

Israel confirmed the agreement, details of which were to be made public later on Wednesday.

 
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