IPS to release Shereen Al Issawi on Tuesday after three years in detention


Published: 2017-10-17 13:44

Last Updated: 2017-10-17 14:38

Shereen Al Issawi's mother, carrying images for her detained children. (Facebook)
Shereen Al Issawi's mother, carrying images for her detained children. (Facebook)
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After three years and a half spent in solitary confinement, the Palestinian lawyer Shereen Al Issawi will be released today, October 17, after court decided to reduce her sentence.

Issawi, who was detained in March 2014 and sentenced to four years in prison, was arrested alongside her brother, Medhat, for allegedly being in contact with and providing funds to other prisoners.

She was placed in solitary confinement in Jalama prison on June 22, for more than a month, after she reportedly confronted IPS officials carrying out a raid in Damon prison.

Issawi was transferred from Jalama to HaSharon prison in August, after threatening to launch a hunger strike if the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) forces continue to hold her in solitary confinement.

Committee lawyer Hanan al-Khatib said the IPS forces violently assaulted Issawi during the Damon raid, leaving her bleeding and with bruises, according to Maan news.

Issawi is also the sister of Samer Al Issawi, who was detained by the Israeli army in Ramallah during the Second Intifada. He was released on December 2013 after conducting the longest hunger strike that lasted for nine months.

There are 55 Palestinian females are still held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 12 female children and two administrative detainees held without charge or trial, according to Addameer reports.