Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails end hunger strike

Fares said he had no details on the terms of the deal.

The action was led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by Israel for life for five murders. By the end of strike, some 850 were still participating. Barghouti's lawyer was finally allowed to meet him a month after the strike started.

"I am today warning the Security Council that unless urgent measures are taken to de-escalate, the crisis risks spiraling out of control with devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike", he said via a video link.

Barghouti, who was jailed by Israel in 2002 at the height of a campaign of Palestinian suicide bombings and shooting attacks in Israeli cities, is seen by some as a potential peacemaker because of grassroots appeal among Palestinians and his support for negotiations with Israel.

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

Eighteen prisoners were hospitalized during the strike and will return to prison when their medical condition improves, the prison service said. But his wife Fadwa dismissed the footage as a "fake... meant to break the morale of prisoners" and called on Pope Francis to intervene.

The United Nations has set up an emergency fuel operation to help maintain essential services for water, health and sanitation, but 'our reserves will run out in the coming weeks, ' he warned.

The restoration of the bi-monthly visits, a system that worked until past year, was one of the demands of the strikers, who also called for the end of solitary confinement, torture, medical negligence and administrative detention, as well as access to education and medical care.

As Abbas met with Trump, Palestinians observed a commercial strike and held public demonstrations in solidarity with the prisoners. As a "gesture" for Ramadan, which began Friday, the Service is granting terrorist prisoners a second visit by family each month, which will be paid for by the PA.

In a press statement later Saturday, Fatah movement expressed "its pride in the resistance and triumph" of the prisoners, saying that they recorded "the highest of level of pride and dignity for the entire Palestinian people".

In 2013, the late anti-apartheid figure, Ahmed Kathrada, and Fadwa Barghouti launched the International Campaign to Free Marwan Barghouti and all Palestinian Political Prisoners from Robben Island (South Africa), where the notorious apartheid-era prison in which Nelson Mandela and his comrades were incarcerated, is located.

  • Leroy Wright