MIDDLE EAST

2,000 Palestinians mark prisoners day on streets

Around 2,000 Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza city to mark prisoners day on Monday. Members of Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement stood beside cages on truck flatbeds depicting cells.

One bore pictures of two Israeli soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza War, and two Israeli civilians who Hamas is believed to be holding, which disappeared after infiltrating into Gaza, .

İsmail Radwan, a Hamas official who took part in the march, reiterated Hamas demand to swap prisoners with Israel.

Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem, clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, as Palestinians marked prisoners day.

More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have launched an open-ended hunger strike to demand better conditions in israeli prisons, including more contact with relatives, and an end to Israel's practice of detentions without trial.

The protest began on monday and was led by Marwan Barghouti, a prominent figure in President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Movement, from within prison.

Opinion polls suggest Barghouti, who is serving multiple life terms for his role in a violent Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation, is the top contender to succeed Abbas.

04.18.2017
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