Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners in Turkey have ended a 68-day hunger strike after jailed ex-rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan urged them to do so.
The prisoners had been demanding better conditions for Mr Ocalan and more use of the Kurdish language in public life.
On Saturday, Mr Ocalan called on the hunger strikers to stop, in a statement issued by his brother.
Mr Ocalan is serving a life sentence in a prison on an island near Istanbul.
On Saturday his brother Mehmet said Mr Ocalan had told him that the hunger strike had “achieved its goal”.
“Without any hesitation, they should end the hunger strike,” he said.
Doctors had recently warned that many of the strikers were close to death.
There has been no indication from authorities that the conditions of Mr Ocalan’s detention will be changed.
The government is due to present a bill to parliament next week allowing Kurds to use their own language in court, but the strikers had branded this insufficient.
Several prominent members of the pro-Kurdish BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) had joined the strike, but party figures said they would heed Mr Ocalan’s call.