Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails decided to begin actions, this week, in protest of Israel’s failure to release a fourth group of veteran prisoners.
13 Palestinians were injured during one protest in solidarity with the prisoners.
According to Ziad Abu Ein, an undersecretary at the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, the protests would culminate in an open hunger strike if the prisoners’ demands were not met, the Alternative Information (AIC) reports.
From July 2013, Israel agreed to release in four batches 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners who were held in custody prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords. The releases were part of a plan to resume peace negotiations, after talks were halted for more than two years.
According to the agreement, Israel was supposed to release the fourth batch of prisoners on March 29.
On Friday, Palestinian activists demonstrated in front of Ofer detention center in Ramallah to protest Israel’s decision to violate the agreement over the prisoners’ release.
13 demonstrators were injured in clashes with Israeli forces which erupted during the demonstration.
Seven people were injured with live ammunition.