Israel forces shoot 3 Palestinians during rally in support of prisoners on hunger-strike

Jerusalem � Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians during clashes that erupted between hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli forces in the central West Bank city of al-Bireh on Sunday.

The clashes broke out after the occupation forces violently suppressed a march in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who have been on hunger strike since April 17.

Sources said three Palestinian youths were hospitalized after they sustained bullet injuries; two were reportedly shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and the third was struck with the banned explosive Tutu bullets.

Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank participated in marches in support of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Solidarity tents were erected across the West Bank districts. The marches kicked off in support of the mass open-ended hunger strike, which was launched last week by more than 1,500 Palestinian detainees to protest the dire humanitarian conditions in Israeli prisons.

Israel continues its intransigence in the face of fair prisoner demands that include transfer to prisons in the occupied territories, as per the Fourth Geneva Convention, which would make it easier for their families to visit them.

Other demands include an improvement of access to medical care; increasing visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; meeting of family members with female prisoners without glass barriers; easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; restoring some educational facilities; and installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families.

According to Palestine News Agency WAFA, the total number of Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails has reached 6,500, including 500 administrative detainees, 300 children and 57 female prisoners.

Source: International Islamic News Agency