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Palestinians say 3 wounded at protests for prisoners

30 April 2017

The clashes - on a day usually dedicated to anti-Israeli protests - came as a hunger strike by hundreds of prisoners in Israeli jails was on its 12th day Friday.

Stores were closed and roads empty across the West Bank, the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for 50 years.

Head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe stressed during the demonstration that solidarity activities in support of the Palestinian hunger strikers would continue, as he called upon Palestinians to take part in a solidarity march that would take place at Nelson Mandela Square in Ramallah city on May 3.

Ali was on board the Mavi Marmara, part of a Turkish flotilla that was challenging an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip when it was intercepted by the Israeli Defense Forces in May 2010, the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

Palestinians across the West Bank gathered for the weekly Friday prayers at the many solidarity tents that have been set up in towns and cities, rather than mosques.

President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly outraged by calls from his movement to clash with Israeli forces, according to Al-Monitor, with fears that it could jeopardise an upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump.

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On the 11th day of the mass "Freedom and Dignity" hunger strike, Israeli Prison Service (IPS) forces attacked two hunger-striking prisoners and prevented other Palestinian prisoners from purchasing salt for their hunger strike.

In Ramallah, shops closed and public transport stopped running.

According to Qaraqe, IPS officials have continued preventing prisoners - some of whom are refusing all forms of nutrition except salt and water - from accessing commissaries to purchase salt, provided prisoners with dirty sheets and covers, and carried out provocative search raids of prisoners rooms, and arbitrary transfers of prisoners.

Palestinian leaders have denounced Israel's refusal to negotiate with the hunger strikers, warning of a "new intifada" if any of them die.

Israeli prisons hold some 7,000 Palestinians, including 300 minors.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.

Palestinians say 3 wounded at protests for prisoners