The Palestinian government in Gaza has released 63 prisoners in the run-up to the blessed month of Ramadan. A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, Ehab Al Ghossein, said that those released on the instructions of the Minister are prisoners who have served at least two-thirds of their sentence with good conduct.
"Prison should be a deterrent; we do not want to keep people in jail, so we hope that those being released do not repeat their criminal behaviour," added Mr Al Ghossein.
Police spokesperson Ayman Al Botnaigy urged the released men to capitalize on the opportunity to keep away from wrongdoing. "This chance won't come again so each of you must become a law-abiding citizen," he said. "Do good things and avoid evil, and make the most of the blessed month of Ramadan to worship and repent to Allah, and get closer to Him. You must have good ethics and manners during the month of fasting." In closing, he stressed that the ministry would punish harshly those who end up back in prison.