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Abbas: 'World must intervene to save lives of hunger strikers'

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community "to intervene quickly and save the lives of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners." He warned of the worsening situation because of Israel's "stubbornness and its refusal to comply with the just humanitarian demands of the prisoners."

 

However, he refrained from mentioning the leader of the strike, Marwan Barghouti, by name.

 

At the same time, thousands participated in rallies in Palestinian cities. There were no confrontations between Palestinians and security forces, except at a demonstration at the entrance to Bethlehem, in which two people were injured.