100 Palestinian Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike

Over 100 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Wednesday suspended a hunger strike after three days of negotiations with the Israeli prison administration, a Palestinian Prisoners’ Society official said.

The committee responsible for the strike informed the society’s legal department head Jawad Bulus that they reached an agreement whose details will be released soon.

The strike was initially launched in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for the last month following more than a year held in solitary confinement.

Al-Saadi was demanding Israeli authorities allow his mother to visit him, a demand he said they had thus far denied.

The prisoners reportedly told the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society that al-Saadi has suspended his strike as a result of the agreement and has been allowed to call his family.

Earlier in the day a lawyer for the Palestinian Department of Prisoners Affairs said that Israeli authorities had denied her access to al-Saadi.

She also said that authorities had launched punitive measures against those striking in solidarity with him.

The prisoners are only a handful of the more than 5,500 Palestinians currently being held in Israeli jails, including hundreds being held in administrative detentions without charge or trial.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners’ face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.

(Ma’an – www.maannews.net)

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