Palestinian Authorities have stated that nearly 1,400 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons will go on hunger strike to protest the conditions of their detention. This was reported by the Times of Israel.
“The situation is very bad in the prisons, that’s why they’re going on hunger strike,” said Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Authority’s commission for prisoners.
He also said that talks between the Israeli prison administration and representatives of the prisoners had not yet progressed.
According to Qadri Abu Bakr, 1,380 prisoners - out of more than 4,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails - were due to go on strike on Friday and be joined by other prisoners next week.
The allegations are said to have been made after Palestinian prisoners staged riots in several Israeli prisons and set fire to nine cells in Ketziot and Ramon prisons in southern Israel.
As it was reported earlier, Israeli security forces caught four of the six Palestinian militants who escaped from a high-security prison. It is noted that through the hole in the floor of the prison cell escaped six people who were either convicted or suspected of planning or committing deadly attacks on Israelis.
Israeli officials have vowed to conduct a thorough investigation into security breaches that allowed the detainees to escape.