Though deal does not end future use of 'indefinite detention', all current detainees will be charged or released

- "Nearly 1,600 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons have ended a 28-day hunger strike after an Egypt-brokered deal was successful and amid fears that any deaths would result in a violent backlash in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza.Common Dreams staff

The prisoners' hunger strike centered on demands for an end to solitary confinement, more family visits, and the elimination of "detention without trial", a practice condemned internationally as an affront to justice and human rights.

An Egyptian official involved in the talks, tells Al-Jazeera that under Monday's deal to end the strike, Israel had agreed to end solitary confinement for 19 prisoners and lifted a ban on visits to prisoners by relatives living in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Authority Prisoners Minister Issa Qaraqi called the agreement a victory, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"This is a first step toward liberation and victory," said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Islamist group, reports Reuters.

"An agreement has been signed to bring about the end of a 28-day hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners," the Israel Prisons Authority said in a written statement. "


ANYONE WANT TO VENTURE A GUESS AS TO WHICH GROUP IN THE US INTRODUCED INDEFINATE DETENTION DURING BUSH'S TIME ??