Palestinian prisoners freed as UN envoy talks peace
Palestinians released as UN mediator talks peace with Israel over the weekend have been freed, Palestinian officials said.
Samantha Sharbab al-Mazrawi, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process, was freed at the request of the Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas.
He will be heading to Cairo to begin a week-long mission to revive talks with Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud “Abbas will visit Ramallah, where the PA President is expected to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to an official statement.
Al-Maza was released from Israeli custody in July after being detained for nearly a year.
A day earlier, a Palestinian official said the freed prisoners were in a critical condition, and were being treated in hospitals in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.”
The Palestinians released on Saturday were: Azzam al-Khalili, 32, from Hebron, a former commander of the Hamas-affiliated Gaza-based terror group. “
We will now move forward to return to our meetings.”
The Palestinians released on Saturday were: Azzam al-Khalili, 32, from Hebron, a former commander of the Hamas-affiliated Gaza-based terror group.
Al-Khlili was sentenced to death for murder in 2009 and has been in Israeli custody since 2012.
He and his cousin were freed after a year-long hunger strike in March 2013.
Alaa, a 28-year-old Palestinian man who has been held in Israeli prisons since 2002, was also freed.
He was released in February, the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said.
Hisham al-‘Aroub, a 25-year old Palestinian who was imprisoned for nearly six years in Israel, was released last week after serving nearly five years in jail.
Al-‘Aoub was convicted of throwing stones at soldiers in 2000, but was acquitted by Israel’s Supreme Court.
His sentence was overturned by the Israeli High Court in 2006 and the conviction was quashed by Israel.