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Gaza set to release 156 prisoners Sunday to mark the start of Ramadan

June 4, 2016 7:43 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2016 4:16 P.M.)
A mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah during Ramadan. (MaanImages/Anna Kokko, File)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Gaza’s Interior Ministry announced on  Saturday that 156 prisoners who have completed more than two-thirds of their prison sentences would be released on Sunday as a government gesture to mark the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Officials from the Interior Ministry told Ma’an that they hope that the soon-to-be-released prisoners would take the opportunity to become virtuous citizens and position themselves in positive roles in their societies.

The Hamas-led government in the besieged Gaza Strip has provided amnesty for several hundred prisoners over recent years as a goodwill gesture to prepare for the start of Ramadan.

Each year, the released prisoners must have served more than two-thirds of their prison sentences and displayed good conduct while imprisoned.

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