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Gazans rally in solidarity with prisoners ahead of mass hunger strike

Ashraf Shannon
Press TV, Gaza

Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip held a sit-in at the Red Cross office in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ahead of their mass hunger-strike.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners will start a hunger-strike next Friday.

By refusing to take their daily meals, prisoners will be protesting their inhumane detention conditions including bans on family visits, solitary confinement and administrative detention.

Around 500 Palestinian prisoners are currently held without charge or trial under administrative detention.

Israel’s Prison Service denies Palestinian prisoners their basic rights and continues to violate international laws and norms regarding the treatment of prisoners.

People here demanded an end to Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners. Many prisoners also suffer from chronic illnesses and are denied proper medical care.

Palestinian prisoners across the political spectrum will take part in the hunger-strike.

People here hope that by holding rallies in support of Palestinian prisoners, they can raise attention about the plight of the Palestinian inmates.

According to Human Rights Groups, the Israeli regime arrested around one million Palestinians since 1967 including some 50,000 administrative detainees.

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