Nearly 200 Palestinian Prisoners Quit Hunger Strike

The Times of Israel reports: At least 86 Palestinian prisoners said Saturday they were ending their hunger strike, the Israel Prisons Service said. They joined some 100 other prisoners who ended their strike on Friday.

An estimated 1,200 Palestinian prisoners, mostly from the Fatah organization and including many convicted terrorists, are on an open-ended hunger strike announced last week in a bid to improve their conditions in Israeli prisons.

The strike is led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences after he was convicted in a civil court in 2004 of initiating and planning multiple terror attacks against Israeli civilians during the Second Intifada.

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