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Efforts ongoing to release Palestine prisoners from Saudi jails, Hamas says

Exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on 1 May 2017 [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]

There are ongoing efforts to release Palestinian detainees being held in Saudi Arabia, head of Hamas' foreign political bureau Khaled Meshaal has said according to the Palestinian Information Centre.

Speaking to TRT Arabi, Mishaal said that his movement seeks through the current Arab-Arab and Arab-Muslim rapprochement to find a fair solution to the issue of its detainees in Saudi Arabia.

He also urged the Saudi leadership to order their release because they did not harm or offend the kingdom in which they have lived, served and shown loyalty.

"They were working for their cause according to the law and under the roof of the state, without offending anyone," he said.

In 2019, more than 60 Palestinians and Jordanians residing in the kingdom were arrested by the Saudi state security apparatus under the pretext of financially supporting Palestinian factions.

They included 82-year-old Mohamed Al-Khodari and his son Hani. He suffers from prostate cancer and needs medical care which has not been provided to him in prison.

In April, security forces raided his house and interrogated his 70-year-old wife, Wejdan, forcing her to sign an undertaking that prevents her from talking about her husband's condition to the media and confiscating her phone.

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