Protester killed, AP journalist wounded in West Bank clash

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

Palestinians say that the open-ended strike is in protest against poor conditions in prisons and Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s. They were transferred to hospital for medical treatment, where their conditions were described as moderate.

Led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, around 840 Palestinians are now on the hunger strike which began April 17, according to the Israeli Prisons Service.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed on Friday with Israeli forces at rallies across the West Bank in support of hunger-striking prisoners whose fast is now in its 33rd day. The protesters demand to abolish the practice of unlawful detention, when detainees are kept in cells without any charges brought against them for months, lift restrictions on family visits, provide better healthcare at prisons and opportunities to receive high education.

"The next 48 hours are critical".

On Tuesday, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, stated that force-feeding amounted to torture, adding that administrative detention, or imprisonment without trial, was against global law. They carried Palestinian flags and signs critical of alleged United Nations bias toward Israel, Jordan's Petra News Agency said. In video footage published to YouTube, Mohammed can be seen injured, wearing a protective vest and helmet, not far from the slain protester, whom the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency subsequently identified as Muataz Hussein Hilal, 23.

Dozens of Palestinian youths clashed on Friday afternoon with Israeli army soldiers stationed at the borderline area between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, leaving at least eight injured, medics said.

Protesters also blockaded roads and intersections with burning tyres and debris throughout the occupied territory, while entrances to some offices of the United Nations and Red Cross were blocked.

However, onlookers said the killing was unnecessary as she could have been physically overpowered. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.

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