Islamic Jihad prisoners are on hunger strike as agreed with the Israeli authorities

Islamic Jihad announced this Friday that hundreds of members of the group detained in Israel suspended their hunger strike that Friday, which began nine days ago, after reaching an agreement with Israeli prison authorities on their conditions of detention.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Tariq Ezeldin stressed that “the victory of the prisoners in their hunger strike against the administration of the occupation prisons is a victory for the entire Palestinian people,” the Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

Islamic Jihad prisoners are on hunger strike as agreed with the Israeli authorities
Islamic Jihad prisoners are on hunger strike as agreed with the Israeli authorities

He stressed that it was a “turning point” because the Israeli authorities had accepted the inmates’ “demands”. “It means breaking the arrogance of the occupation by the prisoners of Islamic Jihad,” he argued.

Prisoners from the group, viewed by Israel as a terrorist group, went on hunger strike on October 13 to protest the punitive measures imposed in September in response to the escape of six prisoners from an Israeli maximum security prison.

The Israeli authorities announced new charges in early October against members of the Islamic Jihad who fled Gilboa and were subsequently arrested, as well as five other inmates alleged to have helped them escape the above-mentioned maximum security prison.

According to Shin Bet, everyone received outside help and coordinated the escape using a hidden cell phone. Security forces also arrested two Palestinians for allegedly helping them hide while they were fleeing.

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