IOF assaults delegation from Al-Quds visiting prisoner Maher Younis
The Israeli occupation forces assault a delegation going from occupied Al-Quds to congratulate prisoner Maher Younis in 'Ara.
The Israeli occupation forces assaulted a delegation coming from occupied Al-Quds to visit freed Palestinian prisoner Maher Younis at his home in 'Ara in the '48 occupied territories.
"Around 20 Israeli occupation soldiers stormed a bus on board of which there was a delegation coming from Al-Quds, throwing stones at them and handcuffing several of them," Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported before adding that two people were arrested.
قوات الاحتلال تعتقل المقدسي كريم أبو جمل وتعتدي على كل من زكريا ومحمد أبو طير من القدس المحتلة خلال زيارتهم للتهنئة بالإفراج عن الأسير المحرر ماهر يونس. pic.twitter.com/5I3RDdBRVr— شبكة المقدسي للإعلام (@almakdseymedia) January 20, 2023
Palestinian media reported that the Israeli occupation police arrested Aboud Da'na, 18, and Karim Abu Jamal, 35, both of which were on the bus. Meanwhile, they assaulted Mohammad and Zakaria Abu Teir from occupied Al-Quds when they were on their way to visit Younis and congratulate him for his newly-realized freedom.
Maher Younis, from the occupied Palestinian village of Aara, was freed after spending 40 years in Israeli prisons.
He was warmly welcomed by his family and Palestinians from all over the country despite the occupation forces' attempts to prevent gatherings and organize any celebration of his liberation after all these years.
This policy was lately used previously with freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis for the same reason.
The Israeli occupation transferred Maher Younis (65 years old) to an unknown destination 40 hours prior to his scheduled release.
By transferring Younis to an unknown destination, the occupation aimed to prevent him from celebrating his freedom among his fellow Palestinian prisoners, and deprive him of his joy, as per Muhjat Al-Quds Foundation.
It is noteworthy that Younis was arrested on January 18, 1983, for resisting the occupation and for his affiliation with the Fatah movement, shortly after his cousin Karim Younis was arrested, in addition to their companion Sami Younis, who was released in a prisoner exchange deal in 2011.
While in prison, Maher Younis was subjected to harsh conditions, and the occupation sentenced him to death, and after a month of his sentencing, it was changed to life imprisonment.
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