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A Palestinian man gestures in front of a poster bearing the portrait of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoner Day in Gaza City on April 17, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
A Palestinian man gestures in front of a poster bearing the portrait of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoner Day in Gaza City on April 17, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Former Fatah Movement leader Marwan Barghouti has called for solidarity with Palestinian prisoners ahead of a mass hunger strike.

"We call upon our people to join demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, and general strikes, as we urge (Palestinian) President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian leadership, and Palestinian factions to take steps at every level to free prisoners and support them in their battle," said Barghouti in a Sunday released statement.

A large number of Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum are set to go on hunger strike on Monday in protest to the condition of Israeli prisons and to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

Barghouti went on to accuse the Tel Aviv regime of being "accomplice in the occupation's crimes through detentions, unjust court sentences, and torture," adding that "prisoners are being tried by illegitimate courts that must be boycotted as tools of the occupation."

The file photo shows top Palestinian Fatah Movement's leader, Marwan Barghouti (C).

He added that the strike has been organized to defy Israeli authorities’ “tyrannical” policies used against Palestinian prisoners, such as “arbitrary detentions, torture, medical negligence, and the deprivation of family visits."  

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According to a report released by three Palestinian non-governmental organizations, a total of 6,500 Palestinians, including women, children and lawmakers, are being held in prisons and detention facilities across the occupied  territories.

Palestinian inmates regularly hold hunger strikes in protest against the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.