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Israeli authorities have extended the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal by three months, who was due for release. Nazzal was arrested in April at the border between the West Bank and Jordan, from where he had been due to fly to a European Federation of Journalists gathering in Bosnia.


The Israeli court placed Nazzal under administrative detention for four months. Administrative detention that allows a person to be interned without charge or evidence is one of the most criticised measures of Israel.


Indeed, at the moment, more than 100 prisoners are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons against administrative detention. One of them, Bilal Kayed is on the 70. day of the strike.
Nazzal, 54, has allegedly served in a top position at Falestine al-Youm television in Ramallah which has been recently closed down. But Nazzal had left the broadcaster several months before his arrest.
Nazzal whose detention is extended by three months today has been on hunger strike since 4th of August in protest against his detention, and international organisations have called for his release.