Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians showing support for massive hunger strike

Israel Border Police officers have arrested four Palestinians who threw stones at them in Beitunia near Ofer Prison. The Palestinians were participating in a support rally for the security prisoners who started a massive hunger strike this morning.
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Clashes between Palestinians demonstrating support for the hundreds of security prisoners who began a collective hunger strike today (Monday) and Israelis security forces were reported this afternoon in Beitunia near Ofer Prison. Dozens of Palestinians started to throw stones at the Israel Border Police forces at the scene. Four of them were arrested.  

Meanwhile, a support tent for the prisoners has been set up in Umm al-Fahm. MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) arrived at the tent and said: “We support their struggle.”

The massive hunger strike began this morning with over 1,100 security prisoners in Israeli prisons participating in it. The official reason behind the strike is the Fatah security prisoners’ demands, which have been rejected by the Israel Police Service. However, Israeli security officials believe that the real reason Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader who is currently serving five consecutive life sentences, announced the strike is to show that he still holds considerable political power in the Palestinian world.

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