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Tunisian demonstrators support Palestinians held in Israeli prisons

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Press TV

Tunisian demonstrators have gathered in the capital, Tunis, to express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, Press TV reports.

Demonstrators gathered on the major Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital on Saturday.

The event was organized by a group of Tunisian activists who had gone on a 24-hour hunger strike in support of Palestinian prisoners before the demonstration on Saturday.

Demonstrators also called for the release of the prisoners and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

“Our brothers in the Israeli jails do not have the basic human rights and their dignity is not respected,” said one of the participants in the demonstration.

Another activist told Press TV that he hoped people from other parts of the world follow the Tunisian initiative to demand an end to the “unjust imprisonment of Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, Palestinians held a demonstration in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to demand the release of prisoners.

An Israel Prison Service spokesperson said Saturday that 10 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike were transferred to a prison clinic for medical care.

The hospitalized Palestinians are among 1,500 to 2,500 prisoners who began an open-ended hunger strike on April 17 in protest against the administrative detention and solitary confinement exercised by the Tel Aviv regime, and to demand the reinstatement of family visits from the Gaza Strip.

The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing regime forces to make detentions without formal charges for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.


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