Protesters have staged a demonstration in occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to express solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who have been on a hunger strike in Israeli jails
The protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners who have been on an open-ended hunger strike since mid-April.
An estimated 1,600 to 2,000 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike on April 17 to protest against Israel’s administrative detention policy, solitary confinement, maltreatment of sick detainees, and difficulty in securing family visits and strip searches that are imposed on visitors.
The protest came two days after another demonstration outside UN offices in Ramallah in the West Bank, in which protesters called for the release of jailed activists.
According to a recent report published by the non-governmental Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, Addameer, at least 4,610 “political” Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails.
Addameer figures show 322 of the Palestinian prisoners are administrative detainees.