Mass Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails ends after visitation deal

Prisoners led by Marwan Barghouti halt protest as Israel announces it will allow a second family visit each month

A mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been called to an end after 41 days as Israel offered a compromise deal to meet some of the strikers’ demands.

The deal – on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting – means approximately 800 prisoners, led by prominent Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, will give up their protest in exchange for improved visitation rights.

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