Palestinians in Shatila held a day of solidarity Thursday in support of the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails now engaged in an open-ended hunger strike that started mid-April to protest harsh conditions inside Israeli prisons.
Approximately 1800 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, continue the "Freedom and Dignity" hunger strike, which the 28 days ago, while Israel continues to ignore their legitimate demands and its Prison Authority is refusing to hold any direct talks with them.
The ministry says the protesters sustained light leg injuries from low caliber bullets at Thursday's rally, during which some Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli soldiers.
The clashes came as the Red Cross visited the leader of the hunger strike, Marwan Barghouti, for the first time since the strike began.
Barghouti, a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party and a highly popular figure among Palestinians, is serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.
Earlier this week, Israel's prison service released footage to illustrate their point. Palestinians say it is a fabrication.
Meanwhile, Barghouti's lawyer, Khader Shkirat, said the Israel Prison Service abruptly canceled a planned prison meeting with his client that had been scheduled for Thursday.
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The Palestinian hunger strikers are entering their 27th day of the fast, with demands that include a right to family visits, proper medical care, an end to detention without charge and trial and axing solitary confinement.
She sent a message to Pope Francis this week imploring him to talk about the suffering of political prisoners, including her husband.
Voting for around 300 municipal councils opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) on Saturday at dozens of schools across the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel for half a century.
"Barghouti, if you are going to break your strike, isn't pizza a better choice?"
The hunger strike presents a growing problem for Israel.
For years, worldwide human rights groups as well as the United Nations have condemned arrests of Palestinians under military law and incidents of medical neglect, torture and isolation of prisoners.
Meanwhile, Fatah accused Hamas of creating divisions within the Palestinian community after Hamas made a decision to boycott the local elections, despite agreeing previous year to hold the municipal elections in the West Bank.