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Israeli official says Margaret Thatcher was right to let Bobby Sands die on hunger strike

A top Israeli government official has said Margaret Thatcher was right to let IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands "commit suicide".

Sands died aged 27 in the Maze prison in May 1981, after 66 days on hunger strike.

But Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has praised the tough stance of late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that led to 10 republican prisoners dying.

Liberman said: “More than 10 of the protesters died in the hunger strike, among them a striker that was elected at the time to the British Parliament by one of the voting regions in North Ireland.

“Despite all that, the British government under Margaret Thatcher did not submit to the prisoners’ demands. In the end the strike ended without the conditions of the striking prisoners being met."

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