Palestinians want to draw Trump's attention to prisoner hunger strike
15:25, May 22, 2017
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Their health is in danger and they are being subjected to violent and coercive measures and policies by the Israeli Prison Service and special units, attempting to push the prisoners to end their hunger strike.
"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.
The committee also urged media outlets to "remain cautious" when dealing with information on negotiations between prisoners and Israeli authorities. The Israeli government has not even released the names of the prisoners that were transferred to the hospital -even to their families.
Meanwhile, deadly confrontations between Israeli security forces, Israeli settlers and furious Palestinians protesting the situation of the hunger-strikers continued to inflame the West Bank.
Some have begun refusing to drink water as well in recent days, according to supporters.
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Palestinians walk past closed shops during a general strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the market in the Old City of the West Bank town of Nablus, on May 22, 2017.
The violence came on the 33rd day of the prisoners' fast.
A number of worldwide groups and organizations have already expressed solidarity with the prisoners. "These are unacceptable actions and should stop immediately", the ICRC said in a statement.
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.
The Israeli man later told Israel's Channel 2 that the Palestinian he shot in self-defense "almost lynched" him.
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