Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas issued an amnesty order Sunday for some civil detainees as part of efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a statement, Palestinian Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudainah announced that Abbas had decided to release those who have completed half their sentences for crimes and misdemeanors.

Abu Rudainah stressed that the amnesty order is not valid for those who committed dangerous crimes.

The statement did not say how many detainees will be released.

The Palestinian administration has taken a number of measures including the closure of schools and a partial curfew as part

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