UN SG urges Israel to try or release Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike Sung Un Kim at 2:32 PM ET
[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday urged [UN News Centre report] the Israeli government to try or release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners without delay to avoid any further risk on their health condition. The prisoners, who have been in Israeli custody, began their open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago to protest against unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detention and bad prison conditions. Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) [official website], also expressed his concern [UN News Centre report] for the Palestinian prisoners especially two of the administrative detainees who are in serious conditions and in imminent danger of death.
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