Two Palestinians end hunger strike that fueled protests

By REUTERS
February 27, 2013 23:30

Two Palestinian prisoners whose hunger strike stoked clashes in the West Bank have ended their protest after Israel agreed to release them in May, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

The men were among four prisoners held without formal charge in an Israeli jail who have refused to eat for between three and six months.

Their worsening state, coupled with the death of another Palestinian in detention on Saturday, fueled the violence in which at least six Palestinian protesters were shot and badly wounded, less than a month before US President Barack Obama is due to visit the West Bank town of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

"Jaafar Izzedine and Tarek Qaadan have paused their hunger strike," said Qadura Fares, head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners.


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