Palestinian hunger-striking detainees signed a deal with the Israeli prison authority to end their mass hunger strike. The agreement was brokered by Egyptian mediators.
Around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners have been refusing food since April 17 in a protest against the administrative detention and solitary confinement exercised by Israeli Prisons’ Administration, demanding the reinstatement of family visits from the Gaza Strip.
According the Central Committee of the Leadership of the Strike, the most important points of the agreement are:
1- To end the solitary confinement of all prisoners including; Hassan Salameh, Ibrahim Hamed and Abdulla al-Barghouthi.
2- Allow the Parents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to visit the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails and to allow prisoners to call relatives by phone or mobile.
3- End Shalit's Law that was imposed after the soldier () was been captutred by Hamas in Gaza Strip.
The "Shalit's Law " restricted prisoners' access to families and to educational materials as punishment for the five-year captivity of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Shalit was freed in October in a prisoner swap agreement.
4- To improve the prisoners' situation in all Israeli prisons.
The spokesman for the Israeli Prison Authority, Sivan Weizman, confirmed the conclusion of an agreement " as a result of negotiations made in recent days."
The internal security service, Shin Bet, said in a statement that "all administrative detainees stopped their hunger strike." "All administrative detainees will be released at the end of their period of detention, unless new evidence is presented against them," the statement said.
Spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,Ofir Gendelman said Israel had also agreed to hand over the bodies of 100 Palestinians as a gesture toand the Palestinian Authority.
No date has been set for the return of the bodies, Gendelman added.
The official said that under the terms of the deal, prisoners must stop hunger-strikes, agree not to plan any attacks against Israel or recruit others to work against Israel.
If prisoners violate the agreement, the deal will be canceled, he said.
Israel holds the bodies of hundreds of Palestinians in what it calls the "enemy fighters' cemetery," known to Palestinians as the "cemetery of numbers."
On Monday, thousands of people held a rally in Gaza in support of the hunger strikers. "We will give our souls and blood to redeem the prisoners," the crowd chanted.
More as it becomes available.