Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon prison halt their hunger strike

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RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon jail on Sunday afternoon suspended their hunger strike which they started earlier on the same day after the Israel Prison Service has agreed in principle to respond to part of their demands.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society said that among those demands are ending night raids, preparing a kitchen in the prisoners’ sections, and lifting financial sanctions.

It added that the Israel Prison Service has agreed to follow up the treatment of a number of sick prisoners and to return the prisoners’ representative Naser Abu Hmeid from Nafha jail to Ashkelon before 1 July.

Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon on Sunday morning announced an open hunger strike in protest at the repressive policies pursued against them by the prison’s administration.

Currently 46 Palestinians are held in Ashkelon jail, and many of them are suffering from serious health problems.

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