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Hunger strike by detainees in Israel enters third day

Sept. 29, 2011 1:14 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2011 9:56 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees said Thursday that a hunger strike by Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails has entered its third day.

Minister of Detainee Affairs Issa Qaraqe had said on Tuesday that prisoners had started a hunger strike to protest their treatment in Israeli prisons.

Prisoners had demanded that Israeli authorities end solitary confinement and collective punishment, allow detainees to study, and stop humiliating inspections and the practice of chaining detainees' hands and feet during visits by lawyers and relatives.

In his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, President Mahmoud Abbas told world leaders that peace with Israel required "the release of political prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons without delay."

Palestinian human rights and prisoners group Addameer said the disobedience campaign was in response to "an escalating series of punitive measures" by the Israeli prison authorities.

According to latest reports from the Palestinian Authority 6,000 Palestinians are being detained in Israeli prisons, including 219 in Administrative Detention who are held without charge.
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