Palestinian Security Prisoners End Hunger Strike, Claim Deal

YERUSHALAYIM -

A hunger strike by Hamas prisoners was ended on Monday, after their representatives claimed that an agreement had been reached with Israeli prison authorities concerning their demands.

The “Palestinian Prisoners’ Information Ministry” said that, among other things, the prisoners were promised public phones in their cells to circumvent the phone-jamming devices, which prevents them from using private cell phones.

The new setup will allow security officials to monitor the prisoners’ phone calls. In the past, prisoners have been caught plotting with terrorists on the outside.

No comment was forthcoming from Israeli authorities, and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan had said the government would not enter into negotiations with the strikers.