Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret, Israel claims

2017-05-07 21:07
A 2012 file photo of Marwan Barghouti in a Jerusalem court. (Bernat Armangue, AP File)

A 2012 file photo of Marwan Barghouti in a Jerusalem court. (Bernat Armangue, AP File)

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Ramallah - Israel's Prison Service has released footage that it says shows the leader of a mass Palestinian hunger strike breaking his fast.

The Palestinians immediately cast doubt on the claim, calling it an attempt to undermine the open-ended strike, now on its 21st day.

Assaf Librati, a spokesperson for the prison service, said strike organiser and Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti ate a candy bar on May 5 and cookies on April 27.

He said surveillance was increased and Barghouti was caught on film eating.

Footage aired by Israeli media shows a prisoner sitting down fully clothed on a toilet unwrapping something and putting it in his mouth. Other footage shows a prisoner eating something near a sink.

Israel says 890 prisoners are participating in the hunger strike. The prisoners seek improved conditions, including more family visits.

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