Six Palestinian youth to be released from Palestinian Authority prison

thesixThe Palestinian Authority Magistrate’s Court in Ramallah announced today, 8 September, that the six young people detained since March and April 2016, who earlier conducted a hunger strike suspended on Tuesday, 6 September, will be released on personal guarantees pending further proceedings, according to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, whose lawyers represent the six Palestinian youth, Basil al-Araj, Haitham Siyaj, Mohammed Harb, Ali Dar al-Sheikh, Mohammed al-Salameen, and Seif al-Idrissi.

The six suspended their hunger strike on Tuesday pending the decision of the Magistrate’s Court, following multiple months of repeatedly extended detention and the connection of their detention to the PA’s ongoing security coordination with the Israeli occupation under the Oslo Accords. Hundreds signed an international petition demanding their release, while many more phoned and wrote to local Palestinian embassies to call for the release of the six youth activists.