Hamas Warns Israel Against Death of Hunger Striking Prisoners (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 05/04/12)
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A Hamas leader warned Israel on Friday there would be consequences if
any of the Palestinian Authority Arab prisoners on hunger strike dies
“You must realize that the hunger strike isn´t a party, and we could
be surprised by the death of some of them,” the leader, Khalil al-
Haya, was quoted by AFP as having said at a solidarity tent for the
strikers in Gaza City.
He added, “If that happens, you can expect both the expected and the
unexpected from us.”
“We are summoned to ready armies to free our prisoners... We have the
means to mobilize and for combat,” Haya said.
Two terrorist prisoners, Bilal Diab, 27, and Tha´er Halahla, 34, have
been on a hunger strike for 66 days. Diab was incarcerated on August
17, 2011, and Halahla was jailed on June 29, 2010.
They have been joined on a mass hunger strike by at least 1,550 PA
Arab prisoners, the bulk of whom began refusing food on April 17.
In a tactic for United Nations sympathy, the PA said this week that
the prisoners´ hunger strike is a humanitarian disaster.
Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal said Sunday that the Arab League
has agreed to bring the issue to the United Nations.
The Islamic Jihad group has threatened to no longer observe a truce
with Israel if one of the hunger-strikers dies, while Hamas leader
Ismail Haniyeh has called for another Intifada aimed at supporting
the hunger strikers.
AFP reported that rallies in solidarity with the prisoners were
staged on Friday, with around 2,000 gathering in Ramallah.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/04/12)
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