Sunday, 17 April 2016

Hundreds rally in Gaza, Ramallah marking Palestinian Prisoner's Day

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians rallied on Sunday in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip commemorating Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.

The rally in Gaza City, which was organized by a prisoners’ committee representing various Palestinian factions, marched from the Unknown Soldier’s Square in the center of Gaza City to the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Officials from different Palestinian factions delivered speeches during the rally, expressing support for Palestinian prisoners and detainees jailed in Israel’s prisons.

Abdul-Hamid Hamad of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) maintained in his speech that Israel “continues to violate the rights of Palestinian prisoners in an obvious breach of international law.” He urged Palestinian leaders to take the prisoners’ plight to the International Criminal Court and other international organizations.

A senior Hamas leader, Khalil al-Hayya, promised that his movement would make serious efforts to free all political prisoners from Israeli custody. “You will soon be free, as the resistance -- the al-Qassam Brigades in particular -- will never neglect your suffering.”

Abu Ubaida, the spokesperson for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades -- the military wing of the Hamas movement -- said that the "al-Qassam Brigades have enough tools to accomplish an honorable prisoner swap deal with Israel," likely referring to the four Israelis currently held captive in the Gaza Strip. more