Hamas calls on Egypt to pressure Israel to implement prisoner deals
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh - REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

GAZA: Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called Wednesday on Egypt to press the Israeli authorities to implement agreements regarding Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

He praised, in a conference organized by the Palestinian Awqaf Ministry in Gaza, the administrative detainees who are on hunger strike inside Israeli jails.

An agreement was reached in 2012 between the Israeli Prison Service and representatives of the prisoners, which brought an end to a mass hunger strike that lasted 28 days. As part of this agreement, Israel agreed to limit its use of administrative detention.

Haniyeh asserted Hamas’ support of the prisoners’ rights, calling on all Palestinians to aid them in every way possible, including politically and socially and by highlighting their suffering in the media.

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