Israel detains female Palestinian journalist: NGO

A Palestinian female journalist was detained by Israeli authorities as she sought entry into the occupied West Bank on her way back from a conference in Beirut, a Palestinian NGO said Monday.

A Palestinian female journalist was detained by Israeli authorities as she sought entry into the occupied West Bank on her way back from a conference in Beirut, a Palestinian NGO said Monday.

RAMALLAH – A Palestinian female journalist was detained by Israeli authorities as she sought entry into the occupied West Bank on her way back from a conference in Beirut, a Palestinian NGO said Monday.

"Palestinian journalist Majdoline Hassouna was arrested at the King Hussein Bridge linking Jordan with the West Bank as she returned from Beirut, where she had attended a conference in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners," the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights, a Ramallah-based NGO, said in a statement.

According to the NGO, Hassouna was held up at the bridge for several hours before being interrogated and detained.

NGO Director Fouad Khuffash said Hassouna was an active advocate for Palestinian prisoners' rights.

"Hassouna's detention brings to 16 the number of Palestinian journalists detained by Israel," Khuffash said in the statement.

Last month, Israeli authorities detained Palestinian journalist Majd Kayyal in Haifa in northern Israel as he returned from Beirut, where he had likewise participated in a conference.

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