Monday, 10 August 2015

32 detainees join hunger strike; 180 striking, more to join

The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe has reported that 32 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, have joined the hunger strike, and that the current number of striking detainees is 180, while dozens are expected to join.

Qaraqe said all meetings between the detainees and the Israeli Prison Authority have failed, while Israel vowed to escalate its violations against them should they continue, or expand the strike.

He added that 32 detainees, members of the Islamic Jihad, have joined the hunger strike in Nafha and Ramon Israeli prisons, on Sunday evening, and that the current number of striking detainees have arrived to 180.

On Sunday morning, the number of striking detainees reached 148, after the Israeli Prison Authority refused to listen to the detainees’ demands, and decided to impose further restrictions on them.

Among the striking detainees are 120 members of the Fateh movement, held in Nafha; they started their strike five days ago, in addition to 26 detainees, members of Fateh, the Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) held in Ramon prison, and joined the strike Sunday. Two detainees, held in Eshil Israeli Prison, have also joined the strike on Saturday. more

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian after alleged stabbing attack

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday shot dead a Palestinian man after he allegedly took part in a stabbing attack that left an Israeli civilian lightly injured in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "a group of Palestinian assailants" attacked and lightly injured the Israeli near Ofer checkpoint on Route 443, southwest of Ramallah.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that the 26-year-old Israeli was filling his car at a gas station when the attack took place.

The army spokeswoman said that Israeli soldiers then opened fire on the Palestinian "suspects."

She had no immediate information on whether warning shots were fired, but said that Israeli forces opened fire "to prevent the suspect from escaping."

She confirmed that one of the Palestinians died of his wounds. more