Prisoners in Israel start hunger strike

April 16, 2005 at 5:40 AM
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GAZA, April 16 (UPI) -- Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails started a two-day hunger strike Saturday to mark "Palestinian prisoner day" and draw attention to their plight.

A statement by a group representing the prisoners said, "The strike by some 7,000 prisoners will go on for two days in order to draw the attention of the international community to the difficult conditions in which the prisoners are living in Israeli jails."

The statement accused international organizations of neglecting the prisoners' plight and failing to defend their rights for decent treatment and imprisonment conditions.

It also urged human rights activists to support the prisoners' case.

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