Palestinians Shut Down UN Headquarters to Support Hunger Strikers

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel are on hunger strike. (Photo: via Electronic Intifada)

A group of Palestinians have shut down the United Nations headquarters in Ramallah yesterday to protest what they described as “the UN’s lack of action in support of Palestinian hunger strikers.”

The protesters staged a sit-in in front of the UN headquarters in Ramallah to express their dismay over “The refusal of this international organization to take action to save the lives of Palestinian hunger strikers in the Israeli occupation jails.”

Palestinian Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqee, said, “Hunger striker, Mahmoud Albalboul, who has been on hunger strike for 47 days, was transferred to hospital yesterday after his health deteriorated.”

Bilal Kayed has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 70 days to protest his administrative detention. Israel placed Kayed under an administrative detention order after completing his 14.5-year prison sentence in June.


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