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Israeli court extends detention of Issawi siblings

March 7, 2014 6:55 P.M. (Updated: March 9, 2014 10:38 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Friday extended the detentions of Shireen Issawi and her brother Shadi Issawi without charge until March 13, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

The extensions come a day after they were detained during Israeli police raids in East Jerusalem, which provoked clashes in the neighborhood of al-Issawiya and led to two youths being detained as well.

Mufeed al-Hajj said that the detentions were extended in order to continue their interrogations, but that the court refused to make any details regarding the reasons for their detention public.

Shireen, who is a prominent lawyer, and Shadi are siblings of former prisoner Samer Issawi.

Issawi was released from Israeli jail in December as part of an agreement in which he ended a 266-day hunger strike, during which time he became an international cause célèbre who focused attention on the plight of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Issawi's hunger strike was one of the longest in history, and brought him close to death.
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