(AA) – Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails decided to suspend planned “escalatory measures” on Tuesday after reaching a tentative deal with the Israeli authorities, a Palestinian NGO has said.
“Prisoners decided to put the planned escalation on hold after reaching a preliminary deal with the [Israeli] occupation’s prison authorities,” the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.
According to the deal, Palestinian prisoners would be allowed to take more money from visiting relatives in order to buy items that aren’t available in prison canteens.
Prisoners would also be able to receive visitors once a month for one hour instead of only 30 minutes every other month, the NGO said.
On Monday, the Palestinian Commission for Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs said that Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails would take “escalatory measures” on Tuesday to protest their conditions.
These measures, the commission said, would include protests, disobedience campaigns and a gradual hunger strike that would become an open-ended strike in mid-April if Israel’s Prison Service failed to meet prisoners’ demands.
Over 7,000 Palestinians continue to languish in prisons across Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs.