Tuesday Feb 28, 201206:35 PM GMT
Palestinians in Gaza demand release of female prisoner
Palestinians hold a picture of female prisoner Hana Shalabi outside the United Nations office in Gaza City on February 28, 2012.
Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:34PM
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Palestinians have gathered in front of the United Nations office in the Gaza Strip to demand the release of a female detainee held in an Israeli prison.


On Tuesday, demonstrators gathered outside the UN office in Gaza City to demand the release of Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi.

The female prisoner is one of the detainees re-arrested by Israeli forces over the past few weeks. The detainees were freed from Israeli jails in October and December last year under a deal mediated by Egypt to free 1,027 Palestinian inmates in exchange for Hamas-captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Shalabi has reportedly been on a hunger strike since February 16, when she was re-arrested at her home in the occupied West Bank. She has been under “administrative detention” and her lawyer says she has been put in “solitary confinement as punishment for the hunger strike.”

Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza expressed solidarity with the female prisoner. They also chanted slogans against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and censured the United States for supporting Israel.

Meanwhile, a similar demonstration was also held outside the Red Cross office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

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