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1,200 Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike in Israel prison

Armed Israeli police entered Ofer Prison on 21 January, 2019
Armed Israeli police stand outside prison cells in Ofer Prison on 21 January 2019

More than 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ofer Prison yesterday launched an open-ended hunger strike, in protest against the occupation’s continuous violations against them, Shehab News Agency reported.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said yesterday that about 150 Palestinian prisoners were wounded when the Israeli Special Military Police stormed Ofer Prison on Monday morning.

According to the PPC, six prisoners suffered from fractures, 40 were wounded in their heads and had stitches and the others suffered injuries as a result of the use of rubber bullets and tear gas.

In response to the violent Israeli crackdown, prisoners refused to eat and rejected offers by the prison administration to meet with detainee representatives unless all factions were represented in the meeting.

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