Palestinian prisoners announce solidarity strike

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JERUSALEM — Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers at a rally today in support of four imprisoned Palestinians on hunger strike, as hundreds of inmates said they were refusing food for the day in solidarity with the fasting inmates.

About 100 Palestinians set fire to tires and threw rocks at the Israeli soldiers near the Ofer prison in the West Bank, prompting the troops to respond with tear gas near, the military said.

Meanwhile, Amani Srahna of the Palestinian Prisoners Club said 800 inmates in three prisons were participating in the one-day protest in solidarity with the hunger strikers. The prisoners include those belonging to the militant Islamic Jihad faction.

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