Palestinian detainees in Malta appeal for release
Published Thursday 05/12/2013 (updated) 06/12/2013 14:18
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinians being held in a Malta prison on Wednesday called on human rights organizations, officials and international organizations to intervene and secure their release.
The Palestinians were detained in late October after they arrived in Malta via boats coming from Libya. Most of the refugees were released but young men are still being held.
One of the detainees, Hassan Abdullah, was transferred to hospital after he attempted to commit suicide.
The Palestinian Task Force for Syria activist group identified those still being held as Abed al-Kareem Suhaem, Ahmad al-Attar, Mohammad al-Attar, Abdullah Othman, Jihad Timah, Hassan Abdullah, Khalil al-Lababedi, Luay al-Shabi, Mohammad al-Qazaa, and Mohammad Abu Gharara.
In October, over 200 Palestinians were aboard a boat which capsized off Malta's coast, The Action Group for Palestinians in Syria said.
The boat was carrying up to 400 migrants, mainly Syrians and Palestinians.
At least 33 people perished after the boat sank, a week after another shipwreck off Italy left at least 359 dead, prompting Malta to warn that the Mediterranean was becoming "a cemetery."