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4 Palestinian teenagers turn themselves in to Israeli authorities

April 10, 2016 10:26 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2016 1:12 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian teenagers turned themselves in to Israeli authorities on Sunday after spending time under house arrest.

Muhammad Tayih, 17, Yazan Ayub, 16, Murad Aalqam, 15, and Zayid Tawil, 17, turned themselves in to the al-Ramla Prison in order to serve their sentences, ranging from one to three years in prison.

The four are among 10 youth from the neighborhood of Beit Hanina north of occupied East Jerusalem, who were first detained at the end of June last year.

They were released on bail two weeks after their initial detention and put under house arrest. However, a recent court ruling sentenced them to actual prison sentences. The remaining six Beit Hanina teenagers are expected to turn themselves in in the coming days.

Aalqam was sentenced to 36 months in prison, al-Tawil and Tayih were sentenced to 28 months, and Ayub received a 14-month prison sentence.

The teenagers expressed worry at what would await them in prison, but said actual imprisonment would be easier that living under house arrest.

They added that the time they spent under house arrest had not been counted as serving part of their sentences.

The head of the Jerusalem Detainees and Prisoners' Families organization, Amjad Abu Asab, told Ma'an that some 129 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are minors from East Jerusalem. He said this number included five young girls and six under the age of 14 held in juvenile detention centers.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of February, including 406 minors and 550 Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

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