Ramallah, Sep 7 (AP) A Palestinian court has extended the detention of a prominent activist who criticised the autonomy government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Farid al-Atrash, the lawyer of Issa Amro, said Thursday that the court had extended his client’s detention for four days.

He says Amro is being held under a recent edict that allows the government to crack down on social media critics.

In a Facebook post, Amro criticised the detention of a local journalist who called for Abbas’ detention.

“This is a black day in the history of the Palestinian judicial system and for Palestinian freedom of expression,” al-Atrash said.

Amro was detained on Monday and has been on a hunger strike since then.

Amro, 35, also faces charges in an Israeli military court. His trial is to resume in October. (AP) KJ

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