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Prisoners on strike

Last updated: 2004-08-16

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About 1600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike to protest about prison conditions. But an Israeli cabinet minister said Israel will not make concessions, and says he doesn't care if the inmates starve to death.

An Israeli prison spokesman says nearly half of the estimated 4,000 inmates began their strike this Sunday morning, saying they will live on fluids until their demands are met.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said the prisoners can strike until death, but warned they will not gain concessions. Authorities say doctors will monitor the strike and will force-feed prisoners, if necessary.

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