UN Ramallah employees barred from holding hunger-strike solidarity protests

Protestors shut down the UN headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday to condemn the UN’s “silence” about a mass hunger strike being carried out by Palestinian detainees held in Israeli jails. Several, mostly young, demonstrators stood outside the local UN headquarters in Ramallah, carrying Palestinian flags and signs denouncing the UN, and preventing staff from entering the building.

“I hope that a resolution is found as quickly as possible and there are efforts to address the situation,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told Maan News Agency. “The hunger strike is in its 31st day and the risk to the health of the prisoners increases by the day. International humanitarian law and human rights obligations towards all prisoners must be fully respected,” he added.

Days after the hunger strikes began in April, the UN had announced that it is “closely observing” the “developments” of the hunger strikes.
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