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Five Palestinians injured in dawn raids

ISRAELI troops injured five Palestinians after opening fire with rubber-coated metal bullets during raids in Nablus yesterday.

They detained four Palestinians from Nablus and the surrounding villages in the pre-dawn operation, during which they fired tear gas canisters at youths protesting against the raids.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported a further 36 arrests across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including a journalist and minors.

The arrests came on the eve of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day which was started in 1967 to commemorate those that have been held in Israel for resisting the occupation.

According to the Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been abducted and held by Israel since 1967 – 20 per cent of the Palestinian population.

Palestine Liberation Organisation executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi paid tribute to the 6,500 Palestinians currently being held in Israeli jails.

She demanded the immediate release of all imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarians, in particular Marwan Barghouti, Khalida Jarrar and Ahmad Sa’adat.

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