Jailed Palestinian terrorists end hunger strike after deal with Israel

A hunger strike declared by hundreds of convicted Palestinian terrorists ended Saturday after 40 days in time for the Muslim Ramadan festival, after a deal with the Israeli Prison Services, both sides reported. It was struck after night-long negotiations in which the Red Cross took part, granting an extra family visit per month and possibly other concessions. The strike was called by Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader serving five life sentences for multiple terrorist murders. Israel initially refused to negotiate with the prisoners, claiming their hunger strike was called by Barghouti to back his bid for the Palestinian leadership.

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