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Israel releases Palestinian teen after 40 months of prison

Aug. 17, 2018 2:47 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2018 12:35 P.M.)
Seventeen-year-old Murad Alqam
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities released a Palestinian 17-year-old boy, on Friday, after ten months of being held under house arrest and 30 months of prison.

Murad Alqam, 17, from Beit Hanina of occupied East Jerusalem in the central West Bank, was detained by Israeli forces in mid 2015; Alqam had then spent nine days in prison before being transferred to house arrest until legal procedures are over.

On April 10, 2016, Alqam turned himself in to the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) to spend his 30-month sentence; the 17-year-old was transferred between several Israeli prisons.

Despite having more rights on paper than Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank who are subject to a draconian military detention system, in practice, Jerusalem minors "do not enjoy their enshrined rights" under a discriminatory Israeli civilian court system, according to rights group Defense for Children International - Palestine.

According to Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, 270 Palestinian children under the age of 18 (50 of whom are under the age of 16) are currently held in Israeli prisons, out of a total of 5820 Palestinian prisoners.
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