Israeli forces raid home of recently released Palestinian prisoner

Ma’an News Agency |  (updated) 22/11/2013 22:55

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HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron on Friday and handed a notification to a former prisoner, Najeh Mohammad Mikbel, 54, demanding he meet with Israeli intelligence forces.

Najeh Mohammad Mikbel spent 24 years in the Israeli jails, and was only released in late October as part of a negotiated prisoner release between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, family said.

The brother of Najeh Mohammad Mikbel said that the Israeli forces handed a notification to his brother to meet with Israeli intelligence after raiding the house and caused many damages.

Najeh Mohammad Mikbel was released on October 29 after 24 years in Israeli jails. He was released as part of the second round of Israel’s release of 104 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails since before the Oslo Accords, signed in 1993.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20% of the total population and 40% of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners’ face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.



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