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Gaza: Israel release two detainees after the end of their sentences

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The media department of the Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint, which separates Gaza and Israel, said that two detainees arrived in the Strip a day after Israel released them.

On Thursday, Israel released Muhammad Musa Saad, 42, and Muath Abdul Rahman Al-Mutooq, 31, after being detained in its prisons for nearly 13 years, for both of them.

The media department of the Beit Hanoun checkpoint said in a statement that the detainees lived in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

She indicated that the detainees, Saad and Al-Mutooq, were arrested during a military operation carried out by the Israeli army, inside Jabalia camp in 2007.

The department indicated that the detainees were released after the end of their sentence, which they spent days in “Nafha Al-Sahrawi” prison, southern Israel.

Within the Palestinian square at the Beit Hanoun checkpoint, the families and citizens were waiting for the detainees, and they received them upon their arrival in a festive atmosphere, according to the statement, which was published on the government opinion agency.

It is worth noting that the latest statistics published by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Authority (affiliated to the PLO) revealed that the number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons exceeded 5,000, until the end of last year.

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