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IPS releases Palestinian journalist, puts him under house arrest
Palestinian journalist Ahmed al-Bitawi
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Nablus, ALRAY - Israeli Prison Service (IPS) released Wednesday evening Palestinian journalist Ahmed al-Bitawi from Nablus city and put him under house arrest.

IPS released Al-Bitawi,32, on NIS 20,000 bail after serving three consecutive months of detention in the Israeli prisons.

Al-Bitawi, an activist in defending the cause of Palestinian detainees, works as a journalist at the office of lawyer Fares Abu al-Hassan in Nablus.

On 20 February 2014, Israeli military detained al-Bitawi during an arrest campaign carried out against Abu al-Hassan’s office.

Last week, Israeli occupation released Osama Maqbul, the lawyer of administrative detainees, from Nablus. Mohammed al-Abed from Acre also was released and put under house arrest.

At the end of December 2013, 4,768 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners were held in Israeli prisons, 317 of them from the Gaza Strip. An additional 1,284 Palestinians were held in Israel Prison Service facilities for being in Israel illegally, 20 of them from the Gaza Strip.

Despite prohibition by international law, Israel detains Palestinians in prisons throughout Israel, far from their families, who almost never obtain the necessary permits to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories to visit them.

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