Mahmoud Jabarin, a long-serving Palestinian political prisoner was released on Sunday, after being incarcerated for 30 years in an Israeli prison.

Iran Press/Middle East: Mahmoud Jabarin, a Palestinian political prisoner from Umm al-Fahm city, was released on Sunday morning after serving 30 years in Israeli jails, Wafa News reported.

Hundreds of people were seen gathering in the streets of Umm al-Fahm to celebrate the release of Jabarin.

He was one of 28 Palestinian prisoners imprisoned by Israeli occupation authorities since before the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993.

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, from the Six-Day War (1967) to the First Intifada (1988), over 600,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli jails for a week or more.

It has been estimated that one-fifth of the Palestinian population has at one time been imprisoned since 1967. On 11 December 2012, the office of then Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stated that since 1967, 800,000 Palestinians, or roughly 20% of the total population and 40% of the male population, had been imprisoned by Israel at one point in time.

According to the Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, at the end of February 2018, there were 6,500 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, including 350 children and 62 women.

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