Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

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Thousands of Palestinians held, Friday, massive nonviolent processions in various parts of Bethlehem governorate, in the occupied West Bank, expressing their solidarity and support with the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, ongoing with the hunger strike for the twelfth consecutive day.

A "Day of Rage" organised by the Fatah movement will take place across the West Bank on Friday in solidarity with over 1,600 prisoners on hunger strike.

He has denied the charges and claimed to be targeted by Israeli authorities for his politics and activism against Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territories.

There've been fresh clashes in the West Bank between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting over prisoners in Israeli jails.

Ali was on board the Mavi Marmara, part of a Turkish flotilla that was challenging an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip when it was intercepted by the Israeli Defense Forces in May 2010, the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

"We have not seen such a strike for years", Kadoura Fares, president of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, told The New Arab.

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The hunger strikers are now only ingesting water and salt and are protesting for better living conditions, including better medical care and access to telephones.

The salt water campaign was launched with a video by Aarab Marwan Barghouti, the son of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is now serving five life sentences over his role in the second Intifada against the Israeli occupation.

About 6 500 Palestinians are held by Israel for offences ranging from stone throwing to deadly attacks.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions. The prisoners are demanding an end to the Israeli practice of detention without trial, for more contact with relatives, better access to medical treatment, and freedom for prisoners suffering from illnesses.

According to Mishaal, the mass hunger strike is an appeal for the concerned bodies to take up their duties vis-à-vis the prisoners' cause.