Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tulkarem commander releases Al-Aqsa Brigades member

Date: 28 / 06 / 2009 Time: 15:00

Al-Ashqar [Ma'anImages]
Tulkarem – Ma’an Exclusive – Commander of Palestinian security services in Tulkarem Misbah Al-Baba on Sunday released an Al-Aqsa Brigades member after 16 months of detention on Sunday.

The man was identified as Issa Al-Ashqar from the northern West Bank village of Sayda north of Tulkarem.

Al-Baba told Ma’an the release came after he received directives from the Palestinian interior minister, who explained that Al-Ashqar had received partial amnesty from Israel that enables him to stay in areas A, which are under control of the PA.

However, Al-Baba said he personally preferred that Al-Ashqar remain inside the Palestinian security compound because it is safer for him, yet Al-Ashqar's family exerted pressure on the Palestinian political echelon to release him.

For his part, Al-Ashqar explained that he will stay within the borders of Tulkarem, asserting that he is not afraid of being apprehended or even assassinated by Israeli forces who have attempted to do a number of times. Al-Ashqar’s father also said preferred that Issa remain in PA custody, but the son refused.