Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails end hunger strike

The situation on the ground in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday reached a critical and risky juncture as the health of the hunger-striking Palestinian political prisoners continued to deteriorate on the 33rd day of their strike. Israeli forces clashed with the demonstrators.

Both Mr Karaka and the Israeli Prisons Service did not initially divulge the full details of the agreement.

Hamas as a whole, or in some cases its military wing, is designated a terrorist group by Israel, the US, EU, and United Kingdom, as well as other powers.

Over 800 Palestinians jailed in Israeli prisons ended a 40-day hunger strike on Saturday after reaching an agreement over their demands.

"I call for a re-doubling of efforts to end the strike as soon as possible". The strike's end comes right in time for the start of Ramadan.

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

He raised the issue again with Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt in a meeting at his headquarters in Ramallah on Thursday.

Israel says it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be scaled back.

The strike was led by Marwan Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian leader serving five life terms for his actions in the second intifada, or uprising.

Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, alleged that the hunger strike was motivated by a power struggle in Mr Abbas's Fatah movement.

Gaza, ( Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been going on hunger strike since more than 35 days.

Barghouti was moved to solitary confinement and received a single reported visit by the ICRC to check on his condition on 11 May.

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". Barghouti's wife, Fadhwa Barghouti, anxious about the deteriorating health condition of her husband and other prisoners, wrote a letter to Pope Francis in the second week of May.

Palestinian analysts hailed the deal as a victory for the hunger strikers.

  • Zachary Reyes