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Palestinian prison escapee to stay fighting for freedom

RAMALLAH, Palestine

Palestinian Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, one among the escapees from Israel’s Gilboa Prison last week who has since been recaptured, said his fight for freedom will continue for as long as he lives.

Hannan al-Khatib, a lawyer related to a delegation linked to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), visited Qadri, and therefore the delegation issued a press release following his visit.

The statement noted that Qadri said he would keep fighting for his freedom until his last breath and therefore the times he spent breathing freely in Palestine after escaping from the prison were the “best days” of his life.

It further noted that Qadri was held during a small space during an Israeli prison empty but a blanket and interrogators were subjecting him to psychological torture.

Six Palestinian inmates tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Sept. 6. Israeli forces, however, have managed to capture four of them after a manhunt.

The remaining two are still in hiding.

There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 225 children, and 540 “administrative detainees,” consistent with observers.

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