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0 5300 Palestinian captives still imprisoned by Israel

The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees in Gaza reported Thursday that Zionist regime is still holding captive 5300 Palestinian detainees, including 22 elected legislators.

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 In a press released, Riyad Al Ashqar, head of the media department at the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza, said that “after the release of 477 detainees under the prisoner-swap deal, the number of detainees is now 5300”.  Al Ashqar added that detainee Kareem Yousef Younis is now the oldest Palestinian detainee. He was not included in the deal and has been in prison since 29 years as he was taken prisoner on January 6, 1983; he is serving a life-term. Younis is from the 1948 territories.
The former oldest detainee, Nael Barghouthi, was released under the prisoner-swap deal between Israel and Hamas. Barghouthi was kidnapped on April, 04, 1978, when he was 19 years old.
Al Ashqar said that, list of detainees imprisoned by since before the Oslo peace agreement of 1993 has dropped from 299 to 126.

The list of old detainees (who have been impassioned since 20 or more years) has dropped, after the swap-deal, from 145 to 51 detainees, including 12 from the 1948 territories, 4 from Al-Quds, 7 from the Gaza Strip, and 28 from the West Bank. 
The number of captives who have been imprisoned by Israeli since 25 years or more dropped from 45 to 22. Four detainees who spent more than 30 years behind bars were released under the deal.
22 elected legislators, and nine the remaining 9 female detainees were not released under the deal, while the Hamas movement is trying to secure the release of the remaining female detainees in the second phase of the deal.
There are 280 children who are still imprisoned by Zionist regime in violation to International Law. Israel is also holding captive five residents from the Gaza Strip under what it dubs as “Illegitimate combatants” as none of them was part of the swap-deal.
The Ministry of Detainees stated that the swap-deal is a historic achievement for the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance, adding that this deal “sets a new stage in the struggle against the occupation”.
“This deal does not mean the Detainees File is closed now”, the Ministry said, “There are thousands of detainees still imprisoned by Israel they need our support by all mean, diplomacy and military actions, we must ensure they receive their freedom from occupation prisons”.

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