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Israel releases Palestinian prisoner after 17 years of imprisonment

Israeli occupation authorities released Palestinian prisoner, Abed al-Rahman Khalil Mahmoud, 38, from the Issawiya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, after 17 years of imprisonment, on Sunday.

According to Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Mahmoud was detained in February 2002 for taking part in the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), which was later accused of “supporting terror groups’ activities” in Jerusalem.

Additionally, Israeli authorities banned Mahmoud from entry to the Issawiya neighborhood, where his family home is located, for the next three days. The reason for the ban remained unknown.

Throughout the 17 years of imprisonment, Mahmoud was continuously transferred between various Israeli prisons. However, he was released from the Negev Israeli prison.

Prisoners rights group Addameer said there are 5,450 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.