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Israel extends detention of Palestinian female writer for 7th time

Aug. 23, 2018 2:15 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 10:40 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military court of Ashkelon extende the detention of Palestinian female writer and mother, Lama Khater, on Thursday, for another week, which makes it the seventh extension since her detention one month ago.

Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) lawyer, Firas al-Sabbah, said that the Israeli military court reportedly extended the 42-year-old writer's detention under the pretext of conducting further investigation.

The PPS lawyer confirmed that Khater was subjected to harsh and intensive interrogation throughout her entire detention.

Khater told al-Sabbah that Israeli security services handcuffed her to a chair throughout the entire interrogation; she also pointed out that interrogators deprived her of sleep and continued to curse and shout at her.

Interrogations would last for more than 20 hours per day.

Khater was detained by Israeli forces on July 24th from her home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

She was detained for her anti-occupation writings and was accused of incitement and being a member in an illegal organization, which are charges that she has rejected.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, 63 of whom are female prisoners.

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