Jerusalem, 14 Jumadil Akhir 1434/23 April 2013 (MINA) – Israeli forces on Monday stormed the hometown of Samer Issawi and tore down a solidarity tent erected to support the hunger striker, witnesses said.

      Clashes erupted as Israeli forces took down the tent in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya, which was used to welcome supporters of Issawi, Maan News agency quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) as reporting Tuesday morning (23/4).

       Israeli forces fired stun grenades and plastic-coated bullets during the raid, and local young men threw rocks at them.

       Three Palestinians were arrested, witnesses told Ma’an, including 34-year-old Raed Abu Riyala and Yazan Audah, 21.

        Issawiya has been the scene of almost daily clashes with Israeli troops, who have dismantled the tent dozens of times.

        Issawi has been on hunger strike in Israeli detention for 265 days, and insists he will not eat until he is allowed to return to Issawiya. (T/P06/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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