Red Cross to Israel: Allow visits to Palestinians on strike

A banner with a picture of jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti and some fellow inmates, hang on a building, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Updated 04 May 2017
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Red Cross to Israel: Allow visits to Palestinians on strike

JERUSALEM: The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged Israel not to restrict family visits for hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
In a rare statement, the humanitarian organization criticized what it called a “systemic suspension” of visits by Israeli authorities as a punishment of the striking prisoners, in violation of international law.
ICRC says that “families are paying the price for this situation.”
The strike reached its 17th day on Wednesday. The prisoners seek better conditions, including more family visits.
Israel Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati says about 850 prisoners are still taking part in the strike. He denied claims Israel is violating international law, but didn’t elaborate.
In the West Bank town of Ramallah, thousands of Palestinians are attending a solidarity rally for the prisoners. 


Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

Policemen stand guard in Tunis. (AFP)
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Tunisian police and protesters clash after death at police station

  • Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

TUNIS: Police in Tunisia fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse demonstrators who protested after a young man died inside a police station near the coastal resort of Hammamet, witnesses said.
The young man was arrested on Friday after a fight between groups of youths in the town of Barraket Essahel, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of the capital Tunis, according to locals. While it was not immediately clear how he died, demonstrators blamed the security forces.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the young man had fainted after reaching the police station and died despite officers’ efforts to revive him. It said a judge had ordered an investigation.
Police in Barraket Essahel were not immediately available to comment.
Tunisian activists say abuses by security forces have continued, albeit at a lower rate, since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.