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France criticizes Israel for prolonging detention of French-Palestinian detainee

Instead of being expelled to France last Sunday, French-Palestinian Salah Hamouri is being kept in prison pending a Jan. 1 court hearing of his case.
Salah Hamouri in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Nov. 8, 2021.

PARIS — The French Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that its consul general in Tel Aviv assisted in the two court hearings Dec. 6 on French-Palestinian Salah Hamouri, in detention in Israel since March 2022, urging Israeli authorities to release the detained citizen, and and allow him to reside with his family in Jerusalem.

''We continue to be committed in our efforts for [Hamouri] to be able to exercise the totality of his rights and [for him] to lead a normal life in Jerusalem, his city of birth and residence,'' noted the French foreign ministry. 

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