Nearly 500 Jordanians took to the streets of Amman on Friday to express their solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, whose hunger strikes entered the 20th day.Protesters said they supported the prisoners’ requests for reforms in Israeli jails where they are being held. Palestinians said that the open-ended hunger strike was a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s. Israel said the move by the prisoners, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel, was politically motivated.
Arab leaders at the 28th Arab Summit in Amman are urging action to condemn Iranian “meddling” in regional affairs in order to promote stability in the Middle East, according to a draft resolution, formed by 15 fundamental points, seen by Rudaw. Lebanon, Tunisia, and Iraq have, however, expressed reservations about the resolution. “We meet in a difficult Arab era dominated by crisis and conflicts that deprive our region of the security and stability they need to attain our people’s rights”, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told his fellow foreign ministers in a pre-summit meeting, Reuters reported. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi travelled to Jordan on Tuesday evening to attend the summit.