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Israel releases Palestinian MP, 33 others still being held

Sept. 11, 2014 9:34 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 28, 2014 2:03 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israel has released Palestinian member of parliament Khalid Yahya Said, 56, from Meggido prison, a Palestinian human rights group said Thursday.

Ahrar Human Rights Center director Fouad al-Khafash said Said, a Hamas representative from Jenin, was detained during the Israeli crackdown across the West Bank in the wake of the disappearance of three Israeli teens over summer.

Al-Khafash said that 33 parliament members and two ministers are still being held in Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial.

The majority of the parliament members currently being held by Israel were arrested in June and July, as authorities arrested en masse any individuals related to Hamas after the disappearance of three Israelis from a Jewish-only settlement near Bethlehem.

Even though Hamas denied any relationship to the disappearance, the campaign led immediately to more than 600 arrests as well as hundreds more taken during the protests that broke out amid the crackdown.

Israel later accused three individuals of involvement in the incident. Despite naming the alleged perpetrators, Israel has refused to release the vast majority of the other individuals it has detained.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held by Israel, including around 500 in administrative detention without charge or trial.
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