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Palestinian prisoners to stage mass hunger strike in Israel jails


Dozens of Palestinians, who were rearrested by the Tel Aviv forces after being freed in a prisoner exchange, are set to stage a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Palestinian media reports say some 63 prisoners will begin their strike in Israeli jails on Wednesday.

They were all among a group of 1027 prisoners freed by Israel in 2011.

Sources say the hunger striking inmates are demanding that the Palestinian negotiators ensure their release as quickly as possible.

Latest figures show the Israeli regime has detained over 2000 Palestinians since three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in the occupied West Bank in June.

Palestinian Ministry of Detainees says Tel Aviv withholds identification information on Gazan detainees. The ministry has also expressed growing concern that some of the detainees have been executed.

Several international bodies and human rights organizations have condemned Israel’s increasing use of arrest and so-called administrative detention.

Meanwhile, Palestinians and Israelis are scheduled to resume indirect talks on consolidating the ceasefire in the besieged Gaza Strip later this week.

The talks in Egypt’s capital Cairo will mainly focus on the construction of a seaport and an airport in Gaza and the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

The latest developments come three weeks after a truce took effect between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip to end a 50-day war.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly women, children and the elderly, were killed in the Israeli onslaught on Gaza. Around 11,000 others were injured.

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