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In Photos: Cities across France hold solidarity sit-ins in support of hunger strike

May 26, 2017 12:57 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2017 6:20 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Association France Palestine Solidarite organized several sit-ins and protests across French cities on Thursday in solidarity with some 1,300 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, who have been refusing food since April 17.

The Palestinian embassy in France released a statement regarding the actions, saying the association called upon the French government to intervene to end “the continuous Israeli violations against the Palestinian people” and to “obligate Israel to commit to international and humanitarian laws and the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Palestinian prisoners entered their 39th day of hunger strike on Thursday, with Palestinian officials expressing fears of impending deaths, as hunger strikers continued to be transferred to civilian hospitals and prison field hospitals by the dozen.

The hunger-striking prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands for basic rights.

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