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Palestinian security forces officer sentenced to 5 years in Israeli prison

Aug. 4, 2017 11:01 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2017 2:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Ofer military court sentenced a Palestinian Preventive Security Forces officer to five years and eight months of prison on Thursday, according to Palestinian media.

Several Palestinian news sites reported that the officer, Abd al-Rahman Zuhdi Mahfouth, 30,was detained by Israeli forces two years ago for “resisting occupation.”

The court also imposed a fine of 2,000 shekels ($554) on Mahfouth.

Reports said that Mahfouth’s brother, Omar, was released from Israeli custody on Thursday after eight years in prison.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, as of July, there were 6,128 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.

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