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2 Palestinian teenagers turn themselves in to Israeli authorities

April 15, 2016 5:25 P.M. (Updated: April 15, 2016 9:15 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian teenagers turned themselves in on Friday to Israel’s al-Ramla prison after spending nine months under house arrest, said the head of the Jerusalem Detainees and Prisoners' Families organization.

Noor al-Din Marwan Abu Hadwan, 17, and Saif Ayed al-Tawil, 16, turned themselves in to al-Ramla prison accompanied by their parents following a decision Thursday by the Israeli central court judge in preparation for their court session to be held in the coming days, he added.

Noor and Saif were first detained alongside 10 other youth from the neighborhood of Beit Hanina north of occupied East Jerusalem at the end of June last year for throwing rocks.

They were released on bail two weeks after their initial detention, put under house arrest, and banned from attending school. A recent court ruling sentenced the teens to actual prison sentences.

Four of the detained -- including Saif’s brother Zayid, 17 -- turned themselves in Sunday after being sentenced for periods between 12 to 39 months in prison.

The organization told Ma’an Sunday that some 129 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are minors from occupied 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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