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Almost 1,400 Palestinians in Israel Jails to Hold Hunger Strike

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Last Updated: September 14, 2021, 23:42 IST

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Angry prisoners started fires in several jails. (Image: Shutterstock)

Angry prisoners started fires in several jails. (Image: Shutterstock)

The Red Cross has said Israel has decided to allow visits to prisoners, after they were suspended last week.

Almost 1,400 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are to go on hunger strike in protest at their detention conditions since a jailbreak last week, the Palestinian Authority said Tuesday.

Tensions have been running high since six inmates staged a dramatic escape from a high-security jail in northern Israel on September 6, via a tunnel dug under a sink. Four of them have since been recaptured.

Hundreds of their fellow inmates were transferred to other jails and personal items confiscated in searches carried out by guards, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

Angry prisoners started fires in several jails.

“The situation is very bad in the prisons, that’s why they’re going on hunger strike,” Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Authority’s commission for prisoners, told AFP.

He said 1,380 prisoners — of more than 4,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails — were to start the strike action on Friday, to be joined by other inmates next week.

Abu Bakr added that talks between the Israeli prison authorities and prisoner representatives had made no progress so far.

The Red Cross has said Israel has decided to allow visits to prisoners, after they were suspended last week.

But Abu Bakr expressed concern over the fate of the four escapees, who the Red Cross has not been allowed to visit.

Palestinian lawyer Khaled Mahjana told AFP he would meet the four on Tuesday evening.

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first published:September 14, 2021, 23:42 IST
last updated:September 14, 2021, 23:42 IST