[Ppnews] Israeli Army Attacks Palestinians Holding Protesters In Front Of Ofer Prison

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Sat Feb 16 14:23:27 EST 2013

  Army Attacks Palestinians Holding Protesters In Front Of Ofer Prison

author Saturday February 16, 2013 02:19author by IMEMC & Agencies

Similar Protests Held In Different Parts Of West Bank

Friday February 15; Palestinian medical sources reported that dozens of 
Palestinians have been treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation 
after the Israeli army attacked protesters as holding a nonviolent 
protest in front of the Ofer Israeli prison, near the central West Bank 
city of Ramallah.

The protesters also held Friday noon prayers in front of the prison as 
of a solidarity campaign in support of Palestinian detainees held by 
Israel, especially those who are holding open-ended hunger strikes 
demanding their release.

Several leaders of different Palestinian factions, social and religious 
figures participated in the prayers and the nonviolent protest. Several 
Arab members of Israeli Knesset also participated in the protest.

Former political prisoner, Khader Adnan, who held an extended hunger 
strike until he was released by Israel, also attended in the protest.
There are many detainees who started their hunger strikes a long time 
ago, demanding their release as they are being held by Israel without 
charges or trial.

Detainee Samer Al-Eesawy started his strike 206 days ago, and has only 
been drinking water since January after he stopped talking vitamins and 

He suffers from serious health issues affecting main organs, especially 
his kidneys and stomach.

Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issy Qaraqe, stated that Al-Eesawy 
suffers a sharp pain in his kidneys, lost sensation in parts of his 
body, and also lost 35 kilograms.

It is worth mentioning that Arab Member of Knesset (MK) Ahmad Tibi, 
attended the protest and stated that Israel's occupation will be held 
accountable for the death of any striking detainee.

He said that "the entire region would burn should a Palestinian detainee 
die in Israeli prisons".

Massive protests were also held in Hebron, in the southern part of the 
West Bank, in Ramallah in central West Bank, at the Al-Jalama crossing, 
north of the northern West Bank city of Jenin and at the Qalandia 
terminal between Ramallah and occupied Jerusalem.

Violent clashes were reported after Israeli soldiers attacked the 
protesters with gas bombs, rubber-coated metal bullets and concussion 
grenades; dozens of residents have been injured.

Clashes were also reported in the Aida Refugee Camp, in Bethlehem, as 
dozens of Palestinian youths hurled stones and empty bottles at Israeli 
soldiers stationed at military towers overlooking at the camp.

The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and dozens of gas bombs, 
some hitting local homes leading to dozens of injuries among the residents.

On Friday evening, clashes were reported at the Huwwara roadblock, south 
of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and the army kidnapped two 
Palestinian youths.

Furthermore, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, attended a protest 
that was held in Al-Biereh town, near the central West Bank city of 
Ramallah, and called on Israel to release all Palestinian political 

Abbas said that the release of all political prisoners is a priority for 
the Palestinian Authority.

He added that previous agreements signed with Israel clearly state that 
detainees who have been imprisoned since before 1993 must be released, 
and added that a previous agreement with former Israeli Prime Minister, 
Ehud Olmert, requires Israel to release a 1000 Palestinian detainees.

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