Relative of a Palestinian prisoner on her way to visit her relative jailed in Israel gestures from inside a bus before it leaves Gaza City 16 July 2012
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Families make landmark visit to Palestinian prisoners

Palestinian families from Gaza have have been allowed to visit their jailed relatives in Israel for the first time in five years.

A group of 40 people crossed from Gaza into southern Israel en route to a prison in the Negev desert.

Family visits were halted in 2007 after the militant Islamist group Hamas came to power in Gaza.

As the BBC's Jon Donnison explains, Israel agreed to the move in May as part of deal to end a mass hunger strike by Palestinian detainees.

  • 16 Jul 2012