- Title: WEST BANK: Clashes as Palestinians protest in support of hunger strike prisoners
- Date: 31st May 2014
- Summary: ALAROUB CAMP, WEST BANK (MAY 31, 2014) (REUTERS) ISRAELI SOLDIER AS PALESTINIANS PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE VARIOUS OF PROTEST SIGN READING (English): "ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION IS ARBITRARY DETENTION" PALESTINIANS CHANTING (Arabic): "OCCUPATION LEAVE HERE, THE PRISONER WILL NEVER GIVE UP" PROTESTERS MARCHING ISRAELI SOLDIERS ARRESTING PROTESTER AND FIRING STUN GRENADES VARIOUS OF ARMY ARRESTING PHOTOGRAPHER FROM LOCAL NEWS WEBSITE 'QUDS NET' SOLDIERS AND JEEPS VARIOUS OF CLASHES BETWEEN PALESTINIANS AND SOLDIERS
- Embargoed: 15th June 2014 13:00
- Location: West bank
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAE7P517WQPK1APP1UYKAT48AUH
- Story Text: Palestinians and Israeli forces clashed in the West Bank on Saturday (May 31) during a protest in which Palestinians marched in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike.
Soldiers used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd at the Al-Aroub Refugee camp, where the army said Palestinians threw stones towards them.
A photographer and a protester were seen being detained during the protest which was organized by the PFLP (Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine).
Around 240 Palestinian detainees are on a partial hunger strike protesting against their "administrative detention", which allows Israel to keep prisoners without trial.
The hunger strikers have refused to consume anything but water and salt for 38 days.
Human rights groups have condemned administrative detention, but Israeli authorities say the procedure is used in some security-related cases and helps to protect confidential sources from exposure in court.
The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs says 1500 other prisoners are expected to join the hunger strike on Sunday (June 1).
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