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Two jailed Palestinians end hunger strike: prison official

Two Palestinians held in Israeli custody without trial have ended their hunger strike but are still being treated in civilian hospitals, an Israeli prison official said on Thursday. Jaafar Ezzeddine and Tariq Qaadan had "started eating yesterday," Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told AFP. Two other prisoners "Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna are both continuing their hunger strike," she said, adding they were now the only inmates still refusing food.

UN calls for independent inquiry into Palestinian death

The United Nations called Monday for an independent inquiry into the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody, warning that mounting tensions risk an eruption of violence in the occupied territories. The Palestinians also demanded an independent investigation in a letter to the UN Security Council, which said that Arafat Jaradat, who died at the weekend, could have been tortured. UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry made the call for an investigation in a statement after talks with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad on the Jaradat's death.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Detainee died under Israeli torture: Palestinians

A Palestinian prisoner who died in an Israeli jail was tortured to death, a Palestinian official said on Sunday dismissing Israeli suggestions that he had suffered a heart attack. Arafat Jaradat's autopsy showed torture resulting from fractures in his body and skull while his heart was in good condition, Issa Qaraqaa, the minister in charge of prisoner affairs, said citing a Palestinian doctor who participated in the autopsy.

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail

A Palestinian prisoner died Saturday in an Israeli jail, a prison spokeswoman said, with a Palestinian official charging he was killed during questioning and demanding an international probe. Arafat Jaradat was "arrested a few days ago. He was killed during the investigation," the Palestinian minister in charge of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqaa told AFP. "We demand the creation of an international commission of inquiry to probe the circumstances of his death," Qaraqaa added.

Palestinian may extend hunger strike, despite release date

* Samer al-Issawi was released in prisoner swap deal * Palestinians clash with Israeli forces over detainees By Ali Sawafta OFER PRISON, West Bank, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A hunger-striking Palestinian jailed by Israel will likely continue his protest because he does not know when he will be freed, despite a court's annoucement that his sentence will end in two weeks time, a Palestinian official said on Thursday.

UN chief concerned about Palestinian hunger strikers

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon raised deep concern on Tuesday over Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, saying they must be charged and tried or be released. Ban highlighted the case of Samer Issawi, who has been refusing food since August 1 and is in a "critical health condition." "The secretary general is deeply concerned over the rapidly deteriorating condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody who are on hunger strike," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, singling out Issawi's case.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners join 1-day hunger strike

Some 800 Palestinians serving time in Israeli jails were on Tuesday refusing food in solidarity with four fellow inmates who have been on long-term hunger strike, officials said. According to the Ramallah-based Prisoners' Club, 800 prisoners in three prisons were taking part in the one-day strike, among them members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

Mass demos as Palestinians challenge EU on prisoners

Thousands rallied in the West Bank's two largest cities on Monday in support of four long-term hunger strikers, as the Palestinians demanded tougher EU action to help their prisoners. The deteriorating health of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has sparked several mass protests across the Palestinian territories, some of which resulted in clashes with the army.

Mass demos as Palestinians challenge EU on prisoners

Thousands rallied in the West Bank's two largest cities on Monday in support of four long-term hunger strikers, as the Palestinians demanded tougher EU action to help their prisoners. The deteriorating health of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has sparked several mass protests across the Palestinian territories, some of which have sparked clashes with the army.

Palestinians push EU to act for prisoners' release

The Palestinians on Monday demanded that the European Union go beyond calls for Israel to improve its treatment of Palestinian prisoners and work to secure their immediate release. The demand was made in a letter from negotiator Saeb Erakat that was sent to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton just two days after she called on Israel to respect its human rights obligations towards Palestinian prisoners and expressed concern over the fate of four long-term hunger strikers.
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