Israeli forces attack Palestinian march protests held in in support of hunger-striking prisoners, injuries reported

Aljazeera and Wafa report that dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests 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 the 19th of May.

At least three Palestinians Friday were shot and injured with live bullets fired by Israeli forces toward Palestinians marching near contacts points to the east, south, and north of the Gaza Strip, in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, said sources.

IOF soldiers opened gunfire and unleashed tear gas grenades towards participants in the Friday of anger demonstrations that were held in solidarity with hunger striking captives in Israeli jails and in protest at the Gaza siege.

Fatah faction, along with the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), and the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission have called for massive demonstrations after Friday prayers in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike since April 14.

The hunger strikers are calling for better access to medical care; increased visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; removal of glass barriers during family visits; improved detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families and an end to the policy of administrative detention

About 1,500 people protested in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, while demonstrations also took place in other towns and villages.

Israeli forces Friday attacked the weekly peaceful march held in Nilin village, west of Ramallah, to protest Israeli settlement activities, land expropriation, and the separation wall, said a local activist.

Dozens of protesters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. They were all treated at the scene.Forces also briefly detained two Israeli solidarity activists, one of whom is a journalist, before releasing them.

The Palestinian government Thursday condemned the killing of a Palestinian young man and injuring others by an Israeli settler near Huwwara, south of Nablus.

Government spokesman Tareq Rishmawi condemned in a press release the killing of 23-year-old Mutaz Bani Shamsa as a “crime which is added to the long record of Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.”

Rishmawi held the Israeli government fully responsible for this “heinous crime” which was perpetrated by settlers “under the cover provided by Israeli forces and government”.

He called upon the international community and human rights organizations to “take serious steps to hold perpetrators accountable”.

Rishmawi also referred to Palestinian prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for 33 consecutive days in Israeli prisons.

“The Palestinian government hold the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the health deterioration of any hunger striker given the authorities’ intransigence to respond to hunger strikers’ fair human demands,” the statement read.

He also called on the international community to intervene in the case of hunger strikers, affirming “their credibility is at stake.”

Meanwhile, the Information Ministry condemned the distribution of candy by an Israeli settler in celebration of the killing as an evidence to “Israeli racism and hatred against the Palestinian people.”

  • Français:

Plusieurs centaines de manifestants palestiniens ont affronté les forces de l’ordre israéliennes vendredi en Cisjordanie et dans la bande de Gaza, dans des heurts particulièrement violents, à quelque jours de la visite du président américain Donald Trump dans la région.

Les manifestants sont descendus dans les rues en Cisjordanie en soutien aux prisonniers palestiniens qui se sont mis en grève de la faim le mois dernier pour obtenir de meilleures conditions de détention dans les prisons israéliennes.

Selon des responsables palestiniens, cinq manifestants ont été blessés par des tirs à balles réelles et 15 touchés par des balles en caoutchouc.

Dans la bande de Gaza, plusieurs centaines de Palestiniens se sont rassemblés et certains se sont approchés de la clôture qui sépare l’enclave palestinienne d’Israël.Selon une porte-parole de l’armée israélienne, les manifestants ont lancé des pierres et mis le feu à des pneus.

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