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Palestinian prisoners are to begin a mass hunger strike tomorrow, 7 April, in protest against the deteriorating situation inside Israel's prisons and its recent crackdowns on inmates. "In light of heated dialogue between the prisoners' leaders and the administration of Israel's prisons, we are waiting for 7 April 2019 second by second," the prisoners said in a statement yesterday. The prisoners stressed that the general hunger strike will begin tomorrow in a bid to pressure Israel to afford them their rights, as guaranteed under international law. The announcement comes just days before Israel's general election on Tuesday, which has led commentators to suggest Israel might be more willing to negotiate a quick end to the hunger strike to limit any bad press it could cause.