An online campaign calling for the release of Palestinian detainees in Saudi Arabia

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Gaza / Anatolia

On Sunday evening, Palestinian activists launched an electronic campaign on the social networking site “Twitter”; To demand the release of Palestinian detainees in Saudi prisons.

Activists circulated thousands of tweets calling for the release of Palestinian detainees in Saudi prisons, on the second anniversary of their arrest, through the hashtags of “# Freedom for Palestinian Detainees in Saudi Arabia,” and “Freedom for Al-Khodari,” a leader in Hamas.

Rajab Al-Naqib said in a tweet to him on his Twitter account: “He will lose his life at any moment .. Muhammad Al-Khudari … is still being held in Saudi prisons in harsh conditions without an apparent charge.”

While Muhammad Muhammad tweeted, via Twitter: “Without charge, without court, without humanity, without justice, and with all shame, dozens of Palestinian people are arrested in the prisons of the land of the Two Holy Mosques.”

Sami Abu Zuhri, a leader in the Hamas movement, wrote in a tweet: “Arresting dozens of Palestinians for providing relief to Gaza is a sin against the Islamic nation, and the detainees must be released.”

On September 6, 2019, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (based in Geneva) said, in a statement, that “Saudi Arabia forcibly hides 60 Palestinians, including Al-Khoudary and his son.”

Commenting on the launch of the electronic campaign, Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the Hamas movement, said, “The arrest of Saudi Arabia, Al-Khodari and dozens of Palestinians is targeting those working for the Palestinian cause.”

“The conditions of the Palestinians in prisons are harsh and difficult, especially as they include old and sick people,” he told the NDUB, pointing out that “there are disturbing reports about their health conditions.”

He called on the Saudi authorities to “release the detainees, as they did not commit any transgression.”

And Amnesty International said in February that the health condition of Al-Khudri had deteriorated due to “lack of access to full medical care and poor conditions of detention.”

On September 9, 2019, Hamas announced that Saudi Arabia had arrested Al-Khudari and his son Hani, and said that he was responsible for managing “the relationship with the Kingdom for two decades, and he also held senior leadership positions in the movement.”

Since the issue began, Riyadh has not issued any comment or clarification on the matter.
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