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Palestinians protest at UN office in support of hunger strikers

June 4, 2014 4:03 A.M. (Updated: June 8, 2014 2:26 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian activists protested on Wednesday in front of the Ramallah office of the UN agency for Palestine refugees in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, locals said.

Locals told Ma'an that protesters prevented employees from accessing the UNRWA building, urging the international body to take "serious steps" to support hunger strikers.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said that prisoners who are on their 42nd day of hunger strike are in danger of dying.

Rami al-Alami, who said he recently a visited hunger striker in Israel's Ela prison, told Ma'an that the condition of the original group of strikers is continuing to worsen.

He called on the international community to pressure Israel to meet the prisoners' demands.

Approximately 100 striking prisoners launched their campaign on April 24 in protest against Israel's police of administrative detention.

Since the beginning of the strike, hundreds of other prisoners have joined the original 100, while thousands have held one-day solidarity strikes.

Palestinians held in administrative detention are often held without charge or trial for months, even though international law stipulates this tactic only be used in exceptional circumstances.

The Palestinian human rights organization Addameer estimates that around 183 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention.
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