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Hamas says freeing prisoners a ‘top priority’

Today is Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, a national day dedicated to freeing Palestinian prisoners and showing support for their rights. In a statement marking the day, Hamas emphasised that freeing its prisoners from Israeli jails is a “top priority”.

“[Israel] continues to practice the most heinous crimes against prisoners inside prisons and detention centres, including medical negligence, torture and direct killing,” said Hamas.

It added that it holds Israel “fully responsible for the lives and safety of thousands of abductees detained in the West Bank” since October 7.

9,500 political prisoners held in Israel on Palestinian Prisoner’s Day