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Israeli troops detain a demonstrator at a peaceful sit-in protest held in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails in East Jerusalem al-Quds on April 29, 2017. (Photos by Maan News Agency)
Israeli troops detain a demonstrator at a peaceful sit-in protest held in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails in East Jerusalem al-Quds on April 29, 2017. (Photos by Maan News Agency)

Israeli troops have forcibly broken up a peaceful sit-in protest held in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails.

According to the Ma'an News Agency on Sunday, Israeli police raided the sit-in which was being held outside the Damascus Gate in the city.

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During the raid, Israeli forces also took down tents which had been set up for the peaceful protesters and confiscated pictures of Palestinian prisoners. Several people were also detained. 

Israeli troops forcibly break up a peaceful sit-in protest held in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails in East Jerusalem al-Quds on April 29, 2017. 

The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate noted that 13 Palestinian reporters were wounded while attempting to cover the Israeli regime’s aggression against the demonstrators.

“This attack is just one of series of attacks committed by Israeli forces against journalists in an attempt to prevent them from exposing Israeli crimes. These attacks will not prevent journalists from delivering Palestinians' message to the world,” read a statement released by the group.

Israeli troops detain a demonstrator at a peaceful sit-in protest held in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails in East Jerusalem al-Quds on April 29, 2017.

The syndicate also noted that the journalists' cameras and equipment were confiscated by Israeli police.

Since April 17, over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have gone on a mass hunger strike in protest at the conditions of Israeli prisons initially called for by former Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at Israel's administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.