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Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike tempers off
Prison Service notes majority of security prisoners have ended symbolic hunger strike launched over death of fellow inmate; 1,100 prisoners in Megiddo continue to refuse meals

The Israel Prison Service said Monday that the majority of Palestinian security prisoners held in Israel have ended their symbolic hunger strike, launched over the death of Arafat Jaradat in Megiddo Prison.


However, 1,100 security prisoners held in Megiddo continued to refuse their meals.


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The IPS is still dealing with the ongoing hunger strike of two security prisoners and two administrative detainees.


Jafar Azzidine and Tareq Hussein have been hospitalized at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifin, while Ayman Sharawna has been admitted to the Soroke Medical Center in Beersheba. Samer Issawi is under the care of his prison's medical ward.


"This is a precaution," an IPS source said. "If their condition takes a turn for the worst, no one can point the finger at us."


Meanwhile, the defense establishment is gearing for another day of potentially violent riots and clashes in the West Bank.


Security forces have bolstered deployment near Hebron and in the area surrounding the villages of Beit Einun and Saeer, where Jaradat resided.


The IDF has blocked Highway 60, in the section connecting Hebron and Gush Etzion, as a precautionary measure


Military sources noted that the PA's security forces are not usually present near Saeer and therefore would not be able to curb any violence, should it erupt.


Elior Levy contributed to this report



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