1,400 Palestinian prisoners in Israel to launch hunger strike

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Palestinian Authority says action to be taken in response to 'very bad' detention conditions imposed following jailbreak from Gilboa Prison last week
Almost 1,400 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are set to go on hunger strike in protest of their detention conditions since a jailbreak last week, the Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday.

Tensions have been running high since six inmates staged a dramatic escape from a high-security jail in northern Israel on September 6, via a tunnel dug under a sink. Four of them have since been recaptured.

Hundreds of their fellow inmates were transferred to other jails and personal items confiscated in searches carried out by guards, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Club.

"The situation is very bad in the prisons, that's why they're going on hunger strike," Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Authority's commission for prisoners, told AFP.

He said that 1,380 prisoners — out of more than 4,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails — were to start the strike action on Friday, to be joined by other inmates next week.

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Abu Bakr added that talks between the Israeli prison authorities and prisoner representatives had made no progress so far.

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