Palestinian prisoners end their 40-day hunger strike

The move came after an agreement reached between the strikers and Israeli authorities regarding improving the conditions of Palestinian prisoners.

The restoration of the bi-monthly visits, a system that worked until past year, was one of the demands of the strikers, who also called for the end of solitary confinement, torture, medical negligence and administrative detention, as well as access to education and medical care.

Prison service spokeswoman Nicole Englander said the inmates declared an end to the fast on Saturday morning.

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Israel had initially resisted any idea of improving prison conditions, arguing that they already met the bare minimum requirements as set out by global law. It took 20 hours of intense discussions to convince the prisoners to end their strike.

They also called for Israel to ease restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other items from family members.

Although hunger strikes are not uncommon among the 6500 Palestinians held in Israeli jails, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israelis, this was one of the largest. However, the Prison Service did say that a second monthly family visit would be reinstated after it had been cut in the past. "There is a perception this is a victory for the prisoners, and for Marwan [Barghouti], because he embarked on a strike the Palestinian Authority wasn't that excited about".

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Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Beita, May 26, 2017. It was viewed by Israeli officials as a bid by Mr. Barghouti to challenge the credibility.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been jailed by Israel since the 1967 war. The Palestinian Authority will now fund the second visit, according to Hebrew media. Students in many European universities have started relay hunger strikes in support of the Palestinian prisoners.

If the Palestinian Government implements its decision to cap purchase of energy from Israel, "this decision will further reduce electricity supply by some 30 per cent, plunging its population into a spiral of a humanitarian catastrophe", Mr. Mladenov said.

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Israel quickly resorted to harsh punitive measures in its effort to break the strike, including transferring prisoners between prisons, subjecting leaders to solitary confinement, blocking visits by lawyers and confiscating personal belongings.

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