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Hamas prisoners in Israel jails elect new leadership

Prisoners gesture from their cell Hasharon, an Israeli prison [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
Prisoners can be seen through barbed wires from an Israeli prison, 9 November 2018 [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

The Central Elections Committee for Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails has announced the results of its leadership election for the term between 2019 and 2021, the Safa news agency reported yesterday.

In a statement leaked to Safa, the Committee said that the elections were carried out in accordance with the movement's rules.

According to the statement, Hamas prisoners elected 11 prisoners to be added to a four-member committee which consists of the leaders of the largest four Israeli occupation prisons – Al-Naqab, Ofer, Rimon and Maggido, making a 15-member leadership committee.

Mohammad Arman was named leader, Abbas Al-Sayyid as deputy chief, while Ahmad Al-Qidra, Ashraf Zaghier, Salama Qatawi, Othman Bilal, Abdel-Nasser Isa, Munir Meri, Muamar Shahrour, Muaz Bilal and female prisoner Lama Khater were all elected onto the committee.

The leadership will take on its responsibilities at the start of the new year.

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