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Palestinian prisoner enters 37th year in Israel prisons

Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983 [Ma'an News Agency]
Karim Younis, the longest-serving political prisoner who has been incarcerated by Israel since 1983 [Ma'an News Agency]

Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis yesterday started his 37th year inside Israeli prisons, Quds Press reported.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Younis was arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 6 January 1983, when he was 25 years old and was sentenced to life in prison for resisting the occupation.

During his prison time, several prisoner deals have been reached between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation, but Israel refused to include him in any of the deals.

His father died in 2013 and his mother’s health condition has left her unable to visit him since he was moved to the Al-Naqab Prison in the Negev desert two years ago.

READ: Israel arrested 175 Palestinian women, girls in 2018

He was recently returned to Hadrim prison where his mother is able to see him.

Younis is among the 27 Palestinian prisoners who were arrested before the Oslo Accords were sign and who are still in Israeli jails.

Rights groups say that Israel is detaining more than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners inside its jails, including 250 children, 54 women and girls, eight MPs, 27 journalists and 450 under administrative detention.

READ: 19 Palestinian journalists are still imprisoned by Israel

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