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Israel extends detention of ill Palestinian teen — father

Israel has extended for four more months the detention, without charge or trial, of a chronically-ill Palestinian teenager already held for a year, his father says.

Amal Nakhleh, 17, is one of the few minors held under what is known as administrative detention. The controversial practice allows for suspects to be detained without charge for renewable six-month terms while investigations continue.

Nakhleh has myasthenia, a rare neuromuscular disease.

His father, Moammar Nakhleh, says after the latest hearing: “The occupation tribunal renewed my son’s administrative detention for the fourth time despite his illness.”

The Shin Bet domestic security agency declines to comment to AFP on the reasons for Amal Nakhleh’s detention. It has previously been quoted as saying he was “suspected of having taken part in terrorist activity.”

Israeli authorities in the West Bank first arrested him in November 2020.

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