Rally held in Gaza in support of inmates
Holding the flags of Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian factions, the demonstrators chanted slogans in support of the detainees, who are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.
Moreover, the protesters warned the Israeli regime against the indefinite detention of the Palestinian prisoners.
The health condition of some of the Palestinian hunger strikers, including 33-year-old Samer Issawi, has deteriorated in the past few weeks.
Issawi has been on a hunger strike for weeks to protests against his administrative detention, a controversial practice used by Tel Aviv, which allows Israeli authorities to hold people, mostly Palestinians, indefinitely without charge or trial.
Issawi was arrested in July 2012 only months after being released as part of a prisoner swap deal in 2011.
According to an April 1, 2012 report published by the nongovernmental Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, at least 4,610 “political” Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails.
Independent sources, however, put the number of Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails at 11,000.
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