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Palestine PM asserts drive on mobilizing world support for prisoners.

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayad

stressed here Saturday the efforts exerted by his government's on garnering

international support for recognizing prisoners' rights and their status

according to international conventions. "I tell all prisoners that you are not alone as your people stand united

behind your cause and that you are not alone in your battle for freedom,"

Fayad said during drawing the curtain off a mural called "prisoners of

freedom" in Ramallah on the occasion of the Prisoners' Day. He said that the strategy adopted by the Palestinian Liberation

Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) toward the

international community is to make Israel abide by rules of the international

community, International Humanitarian Law and international legitimacy

resolutions. Fayad went on to say that there are still 327 prisoners in the jails

detained by Israeli occupation forces before Oslo, pointing out that they are

the old prisoners with the least term among them reaching 15 years. He also said that there are 107 prisoners who spent more than 20 years in

jails along with 12 prisoners who hunkered down for more than a quarter of

century in the Israeli occupation's jails. Fayad made clear that there are more than 337 patient children, under the

age of 18 and 15, suffering from medical negligence in what led as well to the

death of 49 prisoners over the past years, the last of them was Raed Abu Hamad

who died yesterday's evening. The Palestinians commemorated the Prisoner's day with staging a major march

in the city of Ramallah that was attended by thousands of Palestinians and the

prisoners' folk, besides the factions' representatives. The marchers stressed the necessity of prioritizing the prisoners' issue by

the political leadership and that no peace agreement should be signed with

Israel without guaranteeing the freedom of prisoners.

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Date:Apr 17, 2010
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