Three senior Hamas members who are imprisoned in Israeli jails ended their hunger strike and resumed eating, The Times of Israel has learned.
The prisoners, Hassan Salameh, Abbas al-Sayed and Mahmud Shreitach, are all serving out life sentences over their involvement in deadly attacks against Israeli civilians.
They are currently considered the most senior Hamas figures in prison.
The hunger strike by 85 Palestinian prisoners has endured seven weeks, although one prisoner has already been going over 100 days without food.
At least 65 of 290 participating detainees have been hospitalized since the first group began the hunger strike on April 24. Many are administrative detainees, held for months or years without charges.
They are protesting in solidarity with others who have been imprisoned without trial.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the issue Thursday, and said that the PA was in contact with various international bodies to ensure that the prisoners’ health is maintained.
During his speech in Ramallah, Abbas said that the condition of the strikers had become a critical situation in because, he charged, Israeli authorities were ignoring the prisoners’s justifiable requests.
The Knesset passed this week the first reading of a bill that would permit — with a judge’s approval — the force-feeding of prisoners whose lives are in danger.
About 5,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, nearly 200 of them under administrative detention orders which allow suspects to be imprisoned without trial for up to six months.
Spencer Ho and AP contributed to this report.