Nearly 220 Palestinian prisoners have joined the “Freedom and Dignity” mass hunger strike which was launched last month.
Beginning on April 17 in response to a call by Marwan Barghouti – a prominent Palestinian leader, over inhumane conditions of Israeli prisons.
The strikers demand basic human rights for the Palestinians, including an end to the policies of administrative detention, solitary confinement and deliberate medical negligence.
Under the Israeli regime’s administrative detention, Palestinian prisoners are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.
A statement was released on Sunday by the media committee set up to support the hunger striking prisoners, saying that the new Palestinian inmates from various political factions had joined the estimated 1,300 hunger strikers.
The committee called on media outlets to “remain cautious” when dealing with information regarding the negotiations between inmates and Israeli authorities.
Reports emerged last week over talks between Israeli and Palestinian authorities aimed at ending the hunger strike. The negotiations were later denied by both sides.
Activists have announced that a number of the Palestinian prisoners had been moved to a civilian hospital after failing into a critical health condition.
It comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is on his way to Israel to meet with the two sides of the conflict.