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Abbas vows to take prisoners case to UN

April 30, 2012 9:02 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2012 3:53 P.M.)
TUNIS (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Monday to raise the case of Palestinians detained by Israel at the United Nations.

Some 2,000 prisoners have been on hunger-strike for over two weeks to protest their conditions in Israeli jails.

Abbas, during an address to the Tunisian Constituent Assembly, said Palestinian leaders will take their situation to the UN, echoing a call by his minister of prisoners affairs on Sunday for the UN to meet urgently on the issue.

"We know supporters of Israel will block such resolution. Nonetheless, we need to raise our voice everywhere because the prisoners’ issue cannot withstand any delay," official PA news agency Wafa quoted the president saying.

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal also said Sunday the Arab League would petition the United Nations for Palestinian prisoners, after meeting with League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo.
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