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Israel releases Palestinian after serving 17 years in prison

Sept. 29, 2018 4:49 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2018 2:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities released a Palestinian prisoner, on Saturday, after he ended his 17-year sentence in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners' Affairs Committee said, in a statement, that prisoner Ahmad Moussa al-Hajj, from the Beit Sira village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah was released, from the Negev jail in southern Israel, after spending 17 years in Israeli prisons for "resisting the occupation."

Al-Hajj was released at an Israeli checkpoint in the southern West Bank.

The former prisoner's family and friends welcomed him at the checkpoint.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,781 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.
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