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Israel extends detention of Palestinian female writer

Aug. 9, 2018 3:58 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2018 1:16 P.M.)
Palestinians in Gaza City protest Khater's detention on July 24th, 2018
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military court of Ashkelon extended the detention of Palestinian female writer, Lama Khater, lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society's (PPS) said on Thursday.

PPS lawyer, Firas al-Sabbah, confirmed that the Israeli court extended Lama Khater’s detention for 12 more days, adding that the extension was reportedly for further interrogation.

The Israeli court of Ofer had previously rejected an appeal presented by al-Sabbah on July 30th against extending Khater's detention.

Al-Sabbah stressed that Khater has been undergoing harsh and intensive interrogation by the Israeli security services for the past 17 days and for more than 20 hours per day.

Khater, a Palestinian writer and a mother of five from the southern West Bank district of Hebron, was detained from her home during a predawn raid by Israeli forces on July 24th.

Khater had told al-Sabbah one day following her that she was subjected to harsh and intensive interrogation as she was held at the Ashkelon jail; she was handcuffed to a chair, cursed and deprived of sleep.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, 63 of whom are female prisoners.

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