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Palestinian youth block officials from entering Jerusalem in solidarity protest

May 18, 2017 6:57 P.M. (Updated: May 18, 2017 6:59 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian youths prevented diplomatic vehicles, United Nations (UN) employees, and a minister from passing a road towards the al-Jib Israeli military checkpoint in the central occupied West Bank's Jerusalem district on Thursday, in protest of what the youth said was the officials' failure to support the some 1,300 Palestinians currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

The youths prevented the passage of all UN vehicles, the vehicle of the Palestinian Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, and those of diplomatic representatives from approaching the al-Jib village circle towards the checkpoint, which is used by political and international officials to pass into occupied East Jerusalem.

Other demonstrations in support of the hunger strikers turned violent on Thursday, as a 23-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by an Israeli settler in Nablus following a solidarity march held for the prisoners.

Meanwhile, another Palestinian was shot with a live bullet when Israeli forces opened fire on protesters in the village of Silwad in Ramallah, while others were injured in Qalqiliya city during clashes with Israeli forces.

Palestinians across the occupied territory have been demonstrating, blocking roads, and carrying out other actions in solidarity with the hunger-striking prisoners who marked the 32nd day of their strike on Thursday, notably denouncing the international community's inaction regarding the prisoners' fight for basic human rights.

Since the beginning of the strike on April 17, prisoners 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.
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