Monday, May 14, 2012

Palestinian minister: Hundreds of prisoners held by Israel agree to end hunger strike

RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Minister for Prisoner Affairs says a deal has been reached with Israel to end a weekslong hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
Issa Qaraqe said the Palestinian prisoners signed the deal on Monday afternoon at an Israeli prison in Ashkelon.
He did not have details of the deal, and Israeli officials had no immediate comment.
At least 1,600 prisoners held by Israel have been on a hunger strike since mid-April, demanding better conditions. A handful of prisoners have been refusing food for as long as 77 days, and are said to be in critical condition.