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U.N. Alarmed by Palestinian Hunger Strike

The United Nations urged Israel on Friday to find a solution to a 13-day-old hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners, reminding Israel of its obligations under international law and human rights conventions. The death of a striking prisoner could lead to unrest in prisons nationwide. The 2,600 striking inmates are demanding, among other things, to be transferred to facilities in or along frontiers with the West Bank and Gaza Strip to enable visits from family members who are currently barred from entering Israel. U.N. Mideast envoy Terje Roed-Larsen issued a statement Friday calling on Israel to “comply with its international obligations and to make every effort to find, with the prisoners, an appropriate resolution to the hunger strike.” Full Story

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