Sunday 22 April 2012 - 08:12

Israeli forces attack Palestinian prisoners to force end to inmates' hunger strike

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Palestinian prisoners held in an Israeli jail (file photo)
Palestinian prisoners held in an Israeli jail (file photo)
The prisoners were attacked in Ashkelon prison after they began their hunger strike.

Israeli authorities also confiscated personal belongings of the prisoners, Palestinian news website Maan reported on Saturday.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners began the hunger strike on Tuesday, April 17, marking the Palestinian Prisoners Day.

The prisoners went on strike to protest their arrest and imprisonment without charge as well as solitary confinement enforced by the Tel Aviv regime.

On Tuesday, thousands of people held demonstrations across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip to express solidarity with the prisoners.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and prisoner advocacy groups, there are currently thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many of whom have been rounded up without charge or trial.