Palestinian Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike after Israel Concedes to their Demands

A sit-in was held in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday night suspended a hunger strike that was planned to start today after the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) gave in to their demands and stopped all punitive and arbitrary measures against them, the official WAFA news agency reported .

The Commission for Custody and Ex-Custody Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association said in a brief statement that the prisoners decided to suspend the hunger strike after the IPS decided, after a long meeting with the prisoners’ representatives, all punitive measures which was opposed to its cancellation. Israeli Minister Itamar Ben Gvir asked them.

The prisoners have declared a rebellion against prison rules since February 4, after repressive measures were implemented against them.

As part of their struggle against these measures, 2,000 prisoners were supposed to go on hunger strike on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The measures imposed by the IPS on the prisoners included controlling the amount of water they use, reducing the shower area so that prisoners are allowed to shower at a specific time, and designated bathrooms for showers to be locked up in some prison.

More than 4,780 Palestinians are currently imprisoned in Israel, including 29 female prisoners and 160 minors.


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