Around 6,500 Palestinians are now in Israeli prisons for a range of offences and alleged crimes, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Club.

"Resistance can make the great wish of the Palestinian people come true with the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails", he said on Al-Aqsa TV on Tuesday in conjunction with Prisoners Day.

"These protests have shown the world how the right-wing Israeli occupation government commits war crimes against us and our rights", Diab tells Mondoweiss.

Three Palestinians were injured with live ammunition while two others were injured by the shelling, the ministry said.

Tension has mounted in the blockaded Gaza Strip since March 30, when Palestinians began holding mass rallies along the coastal enclave's 45-kilometer eastern border with Israel. He says the idea was born after the massive Nakba Day demonstration in 2011 when thousands of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territory marched to the borders with Israel to demand their collective right of return to their homelands.

Israeli attacks on Palestinian protesters have so far left 34 killed and hundreds injured.

A report by the Palestinian Prisoner's Club Association said about one million cases of Palestinian arrests have been documented since 1967.

The Palestinians have been marking the Prisoners Day on April 17 every year since 1974, the day when more than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners rallied in Israeli prisons and detention camps.

Israel is the regional number one ally of the United States, whose President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and expressed plans to move Washington's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputable holy city despite regional and global outcry.


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