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Inmates Stage Hunger Strike

About 1,600 inmates observed a one-day hunger strike in Israeli prisons Tuesday, to protest general conditions and the alleged brutality of their guards.

The strikers comprise roughly 30 percent of Israel’s prison population in seven jails around the country.

It was the first such hunger strike organized in Israel, but the Prison Services claimed it wasn’t genuine, saying the prisoners, as a rule, keep food in their cells.

Shuli Meiri, spokeswoman for Prison Services, said the complaints are not serious but will be carefully investigated in any case.

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