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Longest-held Palestinian prisoner released after 40 years in Israeli jail

Imprisoned since 1983 for killing an Israeli soldier, Israeli Arab Karim Younis was freed Thursday and went back to his home village.
Israeli police vans carrying 19 Palestinian women leave Hadarim prison, near the coastal city of Netanya, Israel, Oct. 2, 2009.

Longest-held Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis, jailed by Israel for security-related offenses, was released onThursday after 40 years behind bars.

Younis (62), who holds Israeli citizenship and is from the Arab town of ‘Ara, was convicted in 1983 along with his cousin Maher Younis, for the murder of Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980. Maher Younis is expected to be released in two weeks.

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