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Hunger strikes and protests mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day

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Hunger strikes and protests mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day


Palestinians have marked an annual day of solidarity with the thousands of their own people languishing in Israeli jails. Thousands of people joined protests to mark Prisoners’ Day in the West Bank and Gaza.

Over 1,000 of the 4,700 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel, have gone on open-ended hunger strikes in a protest at conditions inside prisons.

Among those protesting, a woman who has not seen her two sons for close to eight years. “I don’t hear from them. Every few months I get a message but there is no contact. We only hear news about them from relatives who live in the West Bank who can visit them,” she said.

Prisoners’ Day could be even more symbolic this year as Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihadist who has been on hunger strike for a record 66 days, is likely to be released. Adnan was protesting against being held without charge.

More than 300 Palestinian prisoners have been detained indefinitely, some for many years, without ever facing trial.

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