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Tulkarem man released from jail after serving 25 years

Aug. 11, 2009 5:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2009 10:26 A.M.)
Tulkarem – Ma’an – Following the end of his 25-year prison sentence, Israel released 50-year-old Muhammad Mansour Hamdan from Israeli custody on Tuesday.

First detained in 1979, Hamdan was released after three years in Israeli prison, then arrested again in 1985 and sentenced to 25 years. During that time the became a member of the Hamas party. His years in detention also saw his brother killed by Israeli forces during the second Intifadah, and his father then mother pass away in 1994 and 2001. He was not permitted to attend either funeral.

Hamdan is from the West bank town of Bal’a north of Tulkarem.

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