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Israeli police detain Palestinian immediately following release from 15 year prison sentence

Feb. 21, 2017 7:48 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2017 7:27 P.M.)
(File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained a Palestinian on Tuesday immediately after he was released from Israel’s Gilboa prison following the completion of a 15-year prison sentence for political activities with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP)’s military wing.

Members of Muhammad Zeidan Mahmoud's family told Ma’an they were shocked when they went to welcome their son home after his release only to learn that he had been redetained by Israeli forces before they were able see or hug him.

Mahmoud, a resident of the Issawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, was transferred to the Russian police compound in West Jerusalem.

A member of a follow-up committee in Issawiya, Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, told Ma’an that Israel was “stealing joy from Mahmoud’s family and friends by detaining him again following his release.”

Israeli forces also raided Issawiya in the early morning on Tuesday and tore down and confiscated a tent dedicated to Mahmoud in preparation for his release, locals said.

Clashes erupted in the neighborhood following the dismantlement of the tent, with locals reporting that Israeli forces fired tear gas bombs into the neighborhood, causing many, mostly women, to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

Abu al-Hummus added that Israeli forces had also raided the village during predawn hours on Tuesday and detained five Palestinian youths after searching their homes. Mahmoud’s home was also raided at the time.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. It was unknown as of Tuesday what reasons were behind Mahmoud's detention.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were detained in Israeli prisons as of January.

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