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Palestinian Prisoners Agree To End Hunger Strike

May 14, 2012

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have agreed to end a long-running mass hunger strike.

The deal reached on May 14 was confirmed by both Palestinian and Israeli officials.

Some 1,600 prisoners, or a third of the about 4,800 Palestinians held by Israel, have been refusing food since April 17 in a protest against Israel's policy of detention without trial and the jail conditions.

Some of the hunger strikers were said to be in critical condition.

Palestinian officials said the prisoners agreed to end their fast in exchange for an easing of their conditions.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP


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