World Bulletin / News Desk
Around 200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on Sunday ended a hunger strike they had staged earlier to protest the solitary confinement of Ibrahim Hamed, a leader of Qassam Brigades, the military arm of the Gaza-ruling movement Hamas.
The prisoners suspended their strike after Israeli jail authorities agreed to end Hamed solitary confinement, Fouad Khuffash, the director of Ahrar Center for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights, a Ramallah-based NGO, told Anadolu Agency.
"Israeli prison authorities ended Hamed's solitary confinement, having seen the unity and steadfastness of the striking Palestinian prisoners," he added.
Khuffash said 75 additional prisoners would have joined the strike next Tuesday and 100 more would have joined it on Thursday.
"Israel had to bow to their demands when it realized that they insisted to escalate their protest," he added.
Hamed spent six years in solitary confinement following his detention on May 22, 2006.
Israel ended his confinement in 2012 after Palestinian prisoners had taken escalatory measures in solidarity with him.
Hamed was put in solitary confinement yet again on January 8 of this year.
Israel has slapped Hamed with 45 life sentences on charging of killing its soldiers.
Israel halts Palestinian detainee visits for 2 weeks
Israeli authorities have suspended for two weeks visits by Palestinian families from the Gaza Strip to their relatives detained in Israeli jails.
"Israeli authorities have informed us about the suspension of the visit program for two weeks because of the Passover celebrations," the International Committee for the Red Cross spokesperson Nasser al-Najjar told Anadolu Agency.
He said the visit suspension comes into effect as of Monday.
Passover celebrations are expected to start in Israel on Tuesday and last for seven days.
Israel allows Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to visit their detailed relatives every Monday.
The visits program was resumed in May 2012 after a six-year hiatus.
Nearly 5000 Palestinian detainees, including women and children, are currently held in Israeli prisons, according the Prisoners' Affairs Ministry.Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 09:53