Palestinian hunger-striking detainees sign deal with Israeli prison authority

Update: Numerous tweets from Ali Abunimah et al claim the hunger strike of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh has not ended. Awaiting further reports.
2nd update@muiz: At 2am in #Palestine, almost 2 hours into their national record-breaking 78th day of #PalHunger-strike, THAER & BILAL agreed to end protest.

Ma’an News Agency reports: Detainees on Monday signed a deal with the Israeli prison authority to end their mass hunger strike, officials told Ma’an.

Prisoner representatives from each of the factions agreed to the deal in Ashkelon jail, prisoners society chief Qaddura Fares said in a statement.

Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet confirmed the deal, and prison authorities said detainees would halt their hunger strike within hours, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Senior Hamas official Saleh Arouri, who was a member of the negotiations team, said Israel agreed to provide a list of accusations to administrative detainees, or release them at the end of their term.

In comments to the Hamas-affiliated new site Palestine Information Center, he said that under the Egypt-brokered deal Israel agreed to release all detainees from solitary confinement over the next 72 hours.

Israel will also lift a ban on family visits for detainees from the Gaza Strip, and revoke the so-called Shalit law, according to the official. [Continue reading…]

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