Some 1600 Palestinians in Israeli prisons will go on an open-ended hunger strike as of April 17, the Palestinian Authority Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Issa Qaraqi, announced Saturday.

The prisoners who will go on hunger strike are affiliated with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Fatah prisoners have yet to decide whether they want to join the hunger strike or not, said Fares Kadoura, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners Club in the West Bank.

The prisoners are demanding an end to administrative detentions and solitary confinement and that Israel permit families from the Gaza Strip to visit their sons in prison. They are also demanding that Israel cancel its decision to ban academic studies and newspapers.

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