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Nablus on strike in support of hunger striking prisoners

June 1, 2014 11:55 P.M. (Updated: June 2, 2014 11:58 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Shop owners in Nablus and surrounding villages and refugee camps in the northern West Bank went on strike Sunday in support of hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.

All shops and stores were closed since the early morning hours in compliance with an appeal by the Higher Committee of Prisoners' Affairs in Nablus to stage a general strike for one day in support of hunger-striking prisoners.

A spokesman for the committee Imad Ishteiwi told Ma'an that the strike was a warning message to the Israeli occupation authorities, and that it would be followed by more and more solidarity activities.

The strike comes a day after Palestinian minister for prisoners' affairs Issa Qaraqe warned of the deteriorating conditions of more than 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on hunger strike for more than 38 days.

All of the original hunger strikers have been hospitalized in recent days, while more than 100 more who joined since the beginning of the strike continue their strike from prison.

The hunger strikers are protesting their detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities for an extended period of time, a process known as "administrative detention."
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