Publish date4 Oct 2022 - 14:35
Story Code : 567744

Israeli authorities extend detention of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawda

Israeli authorities extended the detention of the Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawda, who ended his 172-day hunger strike in August following the news on his release in early October.
Israeli authorities extend detention of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawda
The 40-year-old Al-Awawda was expected to be released on October 2, but an Israeli court ruled that he would be held until next Thursday.
The father of four was arrested by Israeli forces from his home in the village of Ithna, south of the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, in December 2021.
He was placed in so-called “administrative detention”, an Israeli policy that allows the indefinite imprisonment of Palestinians without trial or charge, based on “secret information” that is not accessible to the detainee nor his lawyer.
There are currently more than 760 Palestinian prisoners jailed under administrative detention orders out of a total of approximately 4,650 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
Administrative detention is a detention without charge or trial based on a secret file that neither the detainee nor his lawyer have access to.
According to the military orders of the occupation, an administrative detention order can be renewed unlimited times, for a maximum renewable period of six months.
For decades, Israel has intentionally used administrative detention to detain individuals, including prisoners of conscience held solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, to punish them for their views and activism.
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