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Protesters condemn UN for ignoring hunger strikers

Feb. 18, 2013 10:32 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 4:40 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Protesters in Ramallah demonstrated outside UNRWA offices on Monday, accusing the UN agency of ignoring the plight of hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails.

Protesters had tried to enter the UN offices but were prevented from doing so by PA police forces.

Informed sources told Ma'an that UNRWA decided to evacuate employees fearing assaults by protestors.

The demonstrators held banners outside UNRWA offices, urging the agency to take action to support hunger strikers and to end its silence over the condition of prisoners.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Saturday in a statement that she is "following with concern" the deteriorating health of four Palestinian inmates who are staging long-term hunger strikes in protest of their detention.

On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians protested across the West Bank in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, sparking clashes with Israeli forces.

Outside Israel's Ofer jail, near Ramallah, hundreds gathered in solidarity with Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for 201 days, and Tareq Qaadan and Jaafar Azzidine who have refused food for 83 days.
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