Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners

20 May, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Essie Rivera

The Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Strike called on Palestinians to organize solidarity marches and to crowd in sit-in tents and public squares in various West Bank districts.

The statement continued, "These prisoners are being held under harsh, inhumane conditions and being subjected to physical and mental ill-treatment, including torture, severe interrogations, intimidation and solitary confinement, and denied access to proper medical care and family visits".

Around 6,500 Palestinian and Arab prisoners in Israeli prisons, jails and detention camps have been going on a hunger strike for 33 days in a raw, in protest to the tight measures taken against them.

Police said they were also investigating an arson attack in another nearby Palestinian village that appeared to have been carried out by Jewish extremists. Some have managed to pressure Israel into releasing them, although some have been re-detained.

Palestinian witnesses say an Israeli settler opened fire on a crowd of Palestinian protesters after his vehicle was attacked by demonstrators Thursday. Yousef Shapira made his comments in his official annual report, in which he criticised the "lack of development of infrastructure of checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank".

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Muataz Hussein Hilal died after the Israeli man shot into a crowd of people who were throwing rocks at his auto.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said "violent riots" erupted with hundreds of Palestinians setting tires ablaze and hurling fire bombs and rocks at Israeli forces.

Thousands of people demonstrated in various parts of the West Bank, occupied since 1967 by the Israeli army, and near the security barrier that seals off the Gaza Strip, AFP journalists said. The Israeli settler who shot and wounded a Palestinian man who threw rocks at his auto was detained, but was released after proving it was in self-defense.

The protesters pelted his vehicle with stones, and the Israeli man opened fire, killing one Palestinian and wounding an Associated Press photographer who was covering the unrest.

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