Palestinian Islamic Jihad publicizes finish to starvation strike

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group stated Friday it was ending the collective starvation strike launched greater than every week in the past inside Israeli prisons after its calls for had been met. 

“The prisoners decided to suspend the hunger strike after they scored victory against the administration of the occupation prison authorities,” stated Islamic Jihad official Tareq Ezaddin.

Israel is at present detaining greater than 4,600 Palestinians, greater than 500 of them for all times sentences. Following the escape of six Palestinian inmates from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel final month, jail officers have postponed household visits, separated teams of Islamic Jihad prisoners and moved others into solitary confinement in an effort to forestall one other jailbreak. 

The Associated Press quotes the Islamic Jihad group as saying that the Israel Prison Service had agreed to name off the monetary penalties and relocation of the Palestinian detainees. But an unnamed Israeli jail official denied that any settlement had been reached. 

A safety official additionally instructed The Times of Israel that no negotiations had taken place, including, “If something will change in the future, it has nothing to do with this.”

There was additionally disagreement over the variety of prisoners concerned within the nine-day starvation strike. Islamic Jihad put that quantity at 250, whereas the Israeli official stated not more than 40 prisoners took half. 

A gaggle of six Palestinian inmates additionally launched a starvation strike to protest their “administrative detention,” a observe wherein Israel holds detainees with out cost. 

A spokesperson for the advocacy group Palestinian Prisoners Club stated Thursday that 24-year-old Miqdad al-Qawasmi is in “extremely dangerous” situation greater than three months into his starvation strike. Al-Qawasmi was reportedly transferred to intensive care at an Israeli hospital earlier this week, the place he’s persevering with to refuse meals. 

In an announcement Thursday, UN human rights professional Michael Lynk slammed Israel’s administrative detention of some 500 Palestinians, together with six youngsters, and known as for his or her instant launch or trial.

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