Continued from page 2

Palestinian prisoners end hunger strike

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners agreed to halt a weekslong hunger strike on Monday in exchange for promises of better conditions, ending a standoff that left several participants clinging to life and drew thousands of Palestinians to the streets in shows of solidarity.

The Palestinians won key concessions in a deal mediated by Egyptian officials, including more family visits and limits to an Israeli policy that allows the imprisonment of suspects for years without charge.

In return, Israel extracted pledges by terrorist groups to halt violent activities and prevented the potentially explosive scenario of prisoners dying of hunger.

From wire dispatches and staff reports