After 40 days of hunger strikes, Palestinian prisoners have ended their hunger strike in Israeli prisons with the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Following night-time negotiation involving the Red Cross the Palestinian prisoners ended their hunger strikes, Palestinian and Israeli sources told the AFP.
Palestinians have been holding demonstrations in support of the prisoners across the West Bank, leading to bloody clashes with Israeli forces.
In recent days, some 30 of more than 800 hunger strikers had been hospitalized, raising fears of an escalation of clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.
According to a statement released by the National Committee for the Freedom and Dingnity of the Hunger Strikers, the action “renewed the resistance struggle for the Palestinian people.”
The statement noted that further details of the deal would be released soon, adding that the hunger strike was a “victory for the prisoners and the Palestinian resistance.”
The deal was also hailed as a victory by Palestinians, as the Israeli officials repeatedly said they will not negotiate with “convicted terrorists.”
An Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman said that Israeli authorities conceded to one of the prisoners’ main demand – that they should be allowed to have two family visits a month.