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After serving 18 years in Israeli prisons, Palestinian re-detained the minute of his release

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Randi Odeh, re-detained on the day of his release from prison. (WAFA Images)

RAMALLAH, Thursday, March 5, 2020 (WAFA) - Israel today re-arrested a Palestinian man as he was getting ready to leave prison after serving 18 years behind bars for resisting the Israeli occupation, according to local sources.

Randy Odeh, 39, from Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, was arrested on 7 March 2002 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was supposed to be released today but as he was getting ready to leave the Naqab prison in the south of Israel, he was re-detained.

Odeh was about to get married today immediately upon his release from prison, but it seems the Israeli authorities wanted to sabotage his wedding and his family’s celebration of his release by keeping him in prison on his wedding day, said the sources.

UPDATE: Later reports said Israel has released Odeh on condition he does not enter Jerusalem until the end of this month and not to take part in any activity or demonstration.

(Story updated on 2:08 pm local time)

M.K.

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