Palestinians rally for prisoners held in Israel

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Palestinians rally in West Bank for release of prisoners held in Israel

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Palestinians blocked roads and held marches across the West Bank today to protest the fate of thousands of their countrymen held in Israeli jails and demand the release of four detainees on hunger strike.

The men were all in stable condition, said a spokeswoman for Israel’s prison authority, Sivan Weizman.

Israel is holding some 4,500 Palestinians for charges ranging from throwing stones to undertaking deadly militant attacks. Their incarceration is a sensitive issue for Palestinians, who see them as heroes of their struggle for liberation from the Jewish State.

Last year hundreds of Palestinian prisoners went on a mass hunger strike to demand better incarceration conditions. In a deal mediated by Egyptian officials, they were promised more family visits and limits on administrative detention.

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