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Nablus activists end 7-day solidarity hunger strike

May 6, 2017 8:33 P.M. (Updated: May 6, 2017 8:33 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian activists in Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank ended a seven-day hunger strike Saturday afternoon, which was staged in solidarity with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons who have been on hunger strike since April 17. 

Secretary of the Fatah movement in Nablus Jihad Ramadan, who undertook the seven-day strike, spoke at a news conference at a sit-in tent in Nablus -- one of numerous tents set up across the West Bank in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners. "In the coming 48 hours, we will hear good news about the prisoners' hunger strike,” he said.

He alleged that “serious negotiations” were underway between the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and the leaders of the hunger strike, but did not elaborate further. However, recent reports have painted a less optimistic picture regarding negotiations between prisoners and IPS, while an IPS spokesperson previously denied to Ma’an that IPS engages in negotiations with prisoners at all.

Reading a statement on behalf of the other activists that took on the seven-day hunger strike, Ramadan said that they decided to end their strike and dismantle a special tent they had set up at Nablus’ al-Shuhada square in response to the urging of the mothers of prisoners, prisoners’ organizations, and Palestinian dignitaries and officials. 

The activists would join the major sit-in tent in Nablus and continue with other supportive measures, he said.
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