Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

Some 2,300 Palestinians in Israeli prisons returned their meals on Tuesday as part of a one-day hunger strike that 1,200 intended to continue indefinitely. The prisoners are demanding an end to administrative detentions and solitary confinement. They are also demanding that Israel permit visits by families from the Gaza Strip and cancel its decision to ban prisoners from engaging in academic studies and reading newspapers. The prisoners taking part are affiliated with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.