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Detainees protest solitary confinement

May 8, 2011 9:19 A.M. (Updated: May 17, 2011 12:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians detained in Israeli jails declared a hunger strike Saturday to demand the release of prisoners from solitary confinement, the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza said.

The ministry said detainees would go on a two-day hunger strike every week until Israeli prison authorities released Palestinians from solitary confinement, some of whom had been isolated for many years.

Ministry spokesman Riyad Al-Ashqar said 2,000 prisoners were participating in the strike in Eshel, Ramon, Ashkelon and Nafha jails.

Israel's prison administration had already punished prisoners in Ramon prison for the strike by banning them from family visits for one month, Al-Ashqar added.

In a statement, the ministry urged Palestinians to protest in support of the detainees.

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