Palestine PM asserts drive on mobilizing world support for prisoners.
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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