Palestinians have gathered in the city of Bireh in the central West Bank to express support for prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
Palestinian demonstrators gathered in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Bireh on Tuesday.
On April 17, about 1,600 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails began an open-ended hunger strike to protest administrative detention and solitary confinement exercised by the Tel Aviv regime.
Thousands of people held demonstrations in towns and cities across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on April 17 to express solidarity with the prisoners.
April 17 marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day.
According to an April 1, 2012 report published by the non-governmental Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, Addameer, at least 4,610 “political” Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails.
Addameer figures show 322 of the Palestinian prisoners are administrative detainees.
The administrative detention, often implemented by Israel against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing occupation forces to make detentions without formal charges for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.