2017-06-07 / Mideast

Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons ended their extended hunger strike after reaching a compromise on receiving more family visits.

More than 800 prisoners ended the strike after 40 days, which also was the first day of the month-long Ramadan holiday, where religious Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.

The halt reportedly came after Israel reached a deal with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross for prisoners to receive a second family visit each per month.

At its highest point, about 1,500 prisoners were refusing food. Some 18 prisoners were in the hospital when the strike ended. The striking prisoners were taking only a mixture of water and salt for sustenance. (JTA)

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