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Palestinian hunger strikers moved to prisons with field hospitals

19 May 2017

Police said they were also investigating an arson attack in another nearby Palestinian village that appeared to have been carried out by Jewish settlers. On the Gaza border Palestinians claimed live fire was used in some instances as rioters approached the border fence.

Despite the Israeli authorities refusing to release information on the condition of the hunger-strikers, according to Israeli and Palestinian media reports a number of the hunger-strikers have been refusing water, while the rest are subsisting on salt water alone.

However, several were injured by gunfire.

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There are already more than 500 fixed and mobile Israeli checkpoints across the occupied West Bank and Palestinians using them face different treatment every time they have to pass through. One May 12, the soldiers fatally shot Saba' Nidal Obeid, 20, from Salfit, after the army assaulted nonviolent protesters in Nabi Saleh village, west of Ramallah.

A military jeep pulled up seconds after the man's auto came under attack, and the soldiers inside it quickly dispersed the crowd with tear gas and other riot dispersal means. Riots also happened in the Jordan Valley.

The demonstration in Huwara was organized by Palestinian activists to show support for hundreds of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel who for the last month have been waging a high-profile hunger strike. They carried Palestinian flags and signs critical of alleged United Nations bias toward Israel, Jordan's Petra News Agency said.

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The settler opened fire after his vehicle was surrounded and stoned by Palestinian protesters when he attempted to drive through their demonstration near an apartheid checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Thursday.

Demonstrators burned tires and hurled rocks at Israeli security forces, who were responding with non-lethal means.

He was the third Palestinian to be shot by Israeli settlers, with another wounded near Ramallah several days earlier.

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