Lawyer of Italian-Palestinian man held in Israeli jail says he is being released

An Italian-Palestinian student detained without charges by Israel since August was due to be released, his lawyer in Rome announces.

Khaled El Qaisi, 27, was arrested on August 31 while crossing from the West Bank to Jordan after a family vacation in his home city of Bethlehem.

Family members in Rome appealed last month for intervention from Italy to help the university student, who was born in the Palestinian territories but is also an Italian citizen.

His Italian lawyer, Flavio Rossi Albertini, confirms to AFP that El Qaisi is due to be released but “we don’t have any official information,” he said.

El Qaisi’s wife, Francesca Antinucci, tells the Il Manifesto daily that Italy’s consul in Israel had confirmed to her the pending release. El Qaisi will be subject to bail and prohibited from leaving Israel for 7 days, she says.

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