More Palestinians join mass hunger strike

More Palestinians join mass hunger strike
More Palestinians join mass hunger strike
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22 May, 2017

The hunger strikers' demands include longer and more regular family visits, landlines installed in prisons and better healthcare for the 6,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, according to the official Palestinian numbers.

After 31 days, 843 prisoners are still on a hunger strike, said the spokesman, Assaf Librati. It remains unclear if Barghouti, who is held in isolation, has begun refusing water.

At least four Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and three were treated for tear gas suffocation at a local hospital in the Bab al-Zawiya area of the city, Ma'an reported.

The Israeli military says forces were sent to the scene to disperse a "riot".

The committee also urged media outlets to "remain cautious" when dealing with information on negotiations between prisoners and Israeli authorities.

Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the occupied West Bank and Gaza on Friday, during clashes with Israeli forces that disrupted marches backing hunger-striking prisoners.

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According to reports, around 7,000 Palestinian, including 57 women and 300 children, are now jailed in Israeli prisons.

The violence came on the 33rd day of the prisoners' fast.

The committee said in a press release Sunday night that the administration is still isolating the detainees from the outside world, and obstructing even human rights groups from meeting or observing the prisoners' conditions.

The Red Cross closed its office in Ramallah on Tuesday evening after an angry crowd forced its way in. Numerous prisoners were convicted of terror attacks. The much criticized administrative detention is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

The Israeli man later told Israel's Channel 2 that the Palestinian he shot in self-defense "almost lynched" him.


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