Palestinians strike in support of prisoners in Israel

 22 May 2017 - 13:32

Palestinians strike in support of prisoners in Israel
A woman holds posters of Palestinian prisoners who are held in Israeli jails, during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian prisoners, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza City, Gaza on May 22, 2017. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency ).

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JERUSALEM: Businesses and schools across the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Arab-Israeli towns have been closed Monday for a general strike called in support of a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners.

The strike's organizing committee called the general strike on Sunday as the protest against conditions in Israeli prisons entered its 36th day.

The hunger strike has been led by Marwan Barghouti, a senior leader in the dominant Fatah faction imprisoned for 15 years, who said all other attempts to redress their concerns have failed.

The hunger strikers' demands include longer and more regular family visits, landlines installed in prisons and better healthcare for the 6,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, according to the official Palestinian numbers.

The strike has closed down Jerusalem's Old City, where U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Christian and Jewish holy sites later Monday.