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Islamic Jihad holds demonstration in Gaza in support of hunger strikers

May 12, 2017 9:30 P.M. (Updated: May 12, 2017 9:30 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- The Islamic Jihad movement in the besieged Gaza Strip held a sit-in on Friday in solidarity with the some 1,300 Palestinians on their 26th day of a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons. 

The sit-in was held at Martyr Anwar Abed Aziz Square in the Jabaliya refugee camp. 

A movement leader and former prisoner Muhammad Abu Jalala expressed his appreciation for the prisoners’ sacrifices during the strike, adding that “the victory is near.” Abu Jalala also directed a message to Israel, saying “if any harm comes to our prisoners on hunger strike, the resistance will have its word.” 
 
Fatah leader Fayez Abu Eita, who attended the sit-in, said that the “heroic prisoners sacrificing their freedom for Palestinians to live in dignity must have all the support for their release,” and called upon international and local forces, factions, and popular committees to exert pressure on Israel to meet the demands of the prisoners. 

The Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike have been calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands for basic rights.
 
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