Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners

Posted May 20, 2017

Israel's state comptroller has called for an increase in the number of military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank as well as tightening restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into Israel, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

WAFA reports that around 1,800 out of 6,500 Palestinians held by Israel launched a mass indefinite hunger strike on April 17, only consuming salt and water during the strike, without additives or supplements, to pressure Israel to improve their prison conditions. They include reinstating bimonthly family visits, better medical treatment, and the right to education.

Pax Christi International, together with its member organisations and partners, is deeply concerned about the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons - especially those who have been on a hunger strike for one month and whose situation is deteriorating.

"We've sent thousands of letters to humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC, requesting their intercession on behalf of the hunger strikers", Nashat al-Wahidi, a spokesman for the Prisoners and Detainees' Committee (led by Palestinian political movement Fatah), said.

Palestinian witnesses say an Israeli settler opened fire on a crowd of Palestinian protesters after his auto was attacked by demonstrators Thursday.

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Similar marches were witnessed across various West Bank districts.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed on Friday with Israeli forces at rallies across the West Bank in support of hunger-striking prisoners whose fast is now in its 33rd day.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said "violent riots" erupted with hundreds of Palestinians setting tires ablaze and hurling fire bombs and rocks at Israeli forces. He said 30 fainted after inhaling tear gas.

Israeli occupation soldiers arrested Yussef Derieh, an ambulance driver from the village of Aqraba, near the main northern West Bank city of Nablus, who veered his vehicle to the opposite lane and blocked the settler's auto.

A Palestinian was shot dead and a journalist wounded during a protest march after they were shot by an Israeli settler after his vehicle was stoned near Nablus in the northern West Bank.