Hamas urges Palestinians to rally for hunger-striking detainees

Hamas has called on Palestinians to rally on Saturday in solidarity with Palestinians held in Israeli prisons without trial.

Hamas urges Palestinians to rally for hunger-striking detainees

World Bulletin/News Desk

In a statement, Hamas called on the Palestinians to massively participate in the planned rally in support with scores of administrative detainees, who have been on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Some 120 administrative detainees have been on a hunger strike for 17 days now in protest at their detention without trial.

Administrative detention is an Israeli policy by which Palestinians are held without trial, usually for reasons related to "security."

Administrative detention orders range from one to six months and can be extended by up to five years by Israeli military courts.

Hamas, which rules the besieged Gaza Strip, organized a hundreds-strong march in the coastal enclave on Friday to show support for the prisoners' cause.

Around 5000 Palestinians continue to languish in more than 20 Israeli detention facilities, according to a recent report by the Prisoners Center for Studies and Research, a Palestinian NGO.

They include 200 minors and 19 women, the report said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Mayıs 2014, 11:15