Israel addresses concerns of Palestinian prisoners

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Robert Serry

Israeli authorities have taken steps to address the concerns of more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who went on strike in April to protest against their detention.

That's what the UN Secretary-General's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Mr. Serry said the strike was resolved on 14 May.

He said the UN Secretary-General, who is concerned about the health of the prisoners, had been engaged from the beginning.

"We are pleased that Israel has taken steps to address the concerns of prisoners related to the use of solitary confinement, family visits and the practice of administrative detention, which should only be used in the most limited number of cases and for as short a period as possible. We understand Israel is also to deliver the remains of 100 Palestinians buried in Israeli controlled areas. The agreement reflects the positive impact of the quiet direct engagement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel."
Duration: 28"

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