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Hunger Strike Ends for Jordanian Prisoners

Four Jordanian prisoners serving in Israeli penitentiaries ended their hunger strike for "ill treatment and bad conditions."
By Kochava Rozenbaum
First Publish: 8/12/2013, 5:35 PM

Prisoners (illustration)
Prisoners (illustration)
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Four out of five Jordanian prisoners held in Israel have ended a three-month hunger strike against prison conditions, Israeli officials told AFP on Monday.

"Four Jordanian prisoners ended their hunger strike of their own volition and without any conditions," according to a source in the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

"The prisoners' move was not conditioned on receiving benefits," the source commented.

Jordan's National Committee for Prisoners in Israel said the inmates ended their strike after an agreement was made, through the Jordanian foreign ministry, to allow their families to visit them. "The date of the families' visit is August 27," said Fadi Farah.

Farah added that one prisoner remained on hunger strike, in the hope of "securing the release" of all the inmates.

The prisoners began their strike against what they claimed was "ill-treatment and bad conditions" in Israeli jails on May 2. Their families demanded Israel release them or transfer them to Jordan and reveal the whereabouts of missing Jordanians in the Jewish state.

Jordan's parliament called late June for international efforts to help end the strike, saying it held Israel responsible for the "safety and life" of the inmates.

There are 26 Jordanian prisoners in Israel. In 2007, Israel transferred to the kingdom four Jordanians serving life sentences for killing two Israeli soldiers in November 1990.