Thousands of Palestinians rally in West Bank as prisoners launch hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on Monday began an open hunger strikes coinciding with the Palestinian Prisoner's Day.

According to the Israeli Prison Service, 700 Palestinian prisoners have declared that they will join the hunger strike, a number that the service expects to increase in coming days.

Mr Fares said hundreds of prisoners launched a 28-day strike in 2012.

"This massive strike sends a strong message to the Israelis, after 50 years of occupation, suppression and oppression, that the prisoners. will lead their people from behind bars", she said.

"There will be an update later".

Opinion polls suggest Barghouti is the top contender to succeed Mr Abbas as president.

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A recent report from UK-based rights group Amnesty International also condemned Israel's policy of holding Palestinian prisoners inside Israel, describing it as "unlawful and cruel".

Palestinian prisoners and detainees have suffered from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, and medical negligence.

Ashkar affirmed that the Israeli occupation forces escalated at the beginning of 2017 the arrest campaigns against the Palestinian MPs raising the number of those kidnapped to 13, eight of whom are held under administrative detention.

In what appeared to be a punitive measure, Israel's prison service said Barghouti had been transferred to a different prison. Officially, the inmates are demanding that Israeli authorities allow more visits from family members and access to telephones.

"It is unlawful and cruel and the consequences for the imprisoned person and their loved ones, who are often deprived from seeing them for months, and at times for years on end, can be devastating", Mughrabi added.

Secretary General of the OIC Yousef Al-Othaimeen affirmed the organization's support for the legitimate demands of Palestinian prisoners and their continued efforts to achieve freedom, justice, and dignity for them.

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At the Ofer Prison near Ramallah a total of 11 protesters were injured, including the five by live fire, Israel's Channel 10 reported. According to the latest count from the Palestinian Prisoners Club, about 200 Palestinian prisoners have died since 1967 because of such actions.

It quoted Erdan as saying that the demands regarding prisoners' conditions were unreasonable.

Of the 6,500 Palestinian detainees, 62 are women and 300 are minors.

The hunger strikers' long list of demands includes an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, a policy where Israel holds prisoners without charge or trial.

Thirteen Palestinian lawmakers are also among the detainees.

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