Monday, April 18, 2011

Prisoners Day protests sees 1 detained near Ofer

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- One Palestinian was detained Sunday and others injured when Israeli forces dispersed a sit-in protest outside the Ofer prison, where tens were marking Prisoners Day north of Ramallah.

A youth coalition had organized the protests, in conjunction with the families of prisoners in the Ramallah area. The group held photos of imprisoned loved ones, and chanted slogans demanding their release.

Organizers said Israeli forces had launched tear-gas canisters and sound bombs at the group.

Spokesman Hassen Karaja said the group held the Palestinian leadership accountable for their failure to make the prisoners issue a priority.

IOF troops violently disperse relatives of Palestinian prisoners
[ 17/04/2011 - 05:34 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Ofer prison guards used force to disperse a peaceful rally by relatives of Palestinian prisoners held in that notorious jail on Sunday.
Hundreds of Palestinians staged a sit-in before the military jail in which Israel is holding around one thousand Palestinian prisoners demanding their release.
The participants hoisted Palestinian flags and photos of their relatives in the rally organized to mark the Palestinian prisoner's day.
The IOF soldiers and prison guards engaged in fistfights with the demonstrators, two of whom were hurt in their eyes as a result of the use of sprays of unknown material against them while two others were arrested for attempting to climb the prison's wall to put a Palestinian flag on it.