UN official urges Israel to resolve Palestinian prisoners hunger strike

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today urged the Israeli Government to find an acceptable solution to the issue of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting their demands are generally related to basic prisoners” rights as stipulated in the Geneva Conventions.

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UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Palestinian Christians attend a special service in the West Bank city of Ramallah in support of hunger striking prisoners.

The Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi, also voiced grave concern over the health of the more than 1,000 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

“Filippo Grandi reiterates the call of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that those under administrative detention be brought to trial or be set free, noting that two of the administrative detainees are in serious conditions after more than 74 days, and are in imminent danger of death,” an UNRWA spokesperson said in a statement.

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