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Israel releases Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq

November 9, 2017 at 10:25 am

Happy to be home. Muhammad Al-Qeeq spends time with his family, after his release from an Israeli prison, before being re-arrested [ApaImages]

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq after he completed his sentence, Quds Press reported.

Thirty-five-year-old Al-Qeeq was arrested in 2015 and placed under administrative detention – detention without charge or trial. He went for a hunger strike that lasted 94 days in protest against his detention.

He was released in 2016, but in January 2017, he was re-arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israeli authorities once again placed him under administrative detention; he began a hunger strike in protest. This came to an end when his lawyer agreed with occupation forces that he would be sentenced to ten and a half months over claims of incitement.

Al-Qeeq is married to journalist Fayha Shalash and they have two children.

According to Addameer, as of January, 6,500 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons, 536 of whom were being held under administrative detention.

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