Closer medical watch of tens of hunger-striking Palestinians
- Author: Adam Floyd May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 15:24
The hunger strike began last month in protest of what the prisoners claim are violations of their rights in Israeli jails.
After 31 days, 843 prisoners are still on a hunger strike, said the spokesman, Assaf Librati.
At least four Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and three were treated for tear gas suffocation at a local hospital in the Bab al-Zawiya area of the city, Ma'an reported.
In that sense; the average water supply per capita for Palestinians in the West Bank is 76 liter per day, at the same time it soars of to an average of 369 liter per day for illegal Israeli settlers.
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The United Nations has urged Israel to abide by the worldwide law and standards of detention in regard to the Palestinian prisoners.
Two-hundred detainees in the Nefha and Rimon prisons chose to start a hunger strike after Israeli prisons' office did not respond to their demands.
"We came here to deliver a message that the United Nations needs to play its role in protecting our sons who are dying in Israeli jails", said Majdi Ziadeh, the father of a prisoner.
Holding banners aloft expressing solidarity with the hunger strikers, marchers eventually converged outside the Gaza City office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
They said that dozens of Israeli soldiers fired smoke bombs and tear gas canisters to disperse the demonstrators, adding that the demonstrators threw stones at the soldiers, who opened fire and wounded eight of them. About half the detainees have been held in administrative detention, a legal situation involving imprisonment without charges, trial, conviction or meaningful due process, U.N. Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk said in a statement. A young Palestinian man was killed during one of the protests. Barghouti, imprisoned since 2002, has refused to recognize the court's jurisdiction and did not mount a defense.