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Israel releases 80-year-old woman after 2-day detention

Jan. 8, 2014 4:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 10:49 A.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday freed an 80-year-old woman after she spent two days in custody, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

The woman, Fathiyya Abu Own, was detained by Israeli forces Monday after she allegedly smuggled a mobile phone to her son, who is a prisoner in a Negev prison, a PPS official said.

Her son, Waddah Muflih Abu Own, has spent more than 10 years in Israeli jails, according to PPS.

The Israeli army has recently been arresting prisoners' family members "to oppress prisoners' families," the official said.

Over 5,200 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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