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Israeli forces disperse protest over hunger striker in Ashkelon

Aug. 16, 2015 9:55 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2015 10:55 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday evening clashed with more than a hundred Palestinian protesters calling for the release of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan near Barzilai Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that Israeli police arrested 10 Palestinians during the clashes, in addition to five Jewish Israelis who earlier Sunday threw stones at Palestinian protesters, damaging the car of a Palestinian journalist.

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Witnesses told Ma'an that dozens of Palestinian youths arrived in Ashkelon by bus bearing Palestinian flags and posters depicting Allan.

Hanin Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, also reportedly participated in the protest.


Hijazi Abu Sbeih, a protester from occupied East Jerusalem, told Ma'an that Israeli forces pushed and shoved protesters and used skunk water to disperse them.

Allan, a 31-year-old lawyer from the West Bank village of Einabus, went on hunger strike two months ago to protest his administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge -- under which Israel has held him since November.

His case has prompted fears that Israel will go ahead with a controversial new law passed in the Knesset last month allowing them to force feed hunger-striking prisoners.

He was moved to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon after doctors in Soroka hospital in Beersheba reportedly refused to go through with the procedure.


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