RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The family of Mohammad al-Taj, who Israel freed on health grounds on Thursday, has appealed to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment for the former prisoner.
Al-Taj's relatives and the Palestinian Prisoners Society made the joint appeal to Saudi Arabia, custodian of the holy mosques, on Friday.
Israel pardoned al-Taj, who had carried out two long-term hunger strikes, citing health concerns. He was transferred to intensive care at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.
The PA Health Ministry undersecretary Anan al-Masri said the ministry would provide any treatment al-Taj needed and that he would be sent abroad if necessary.
"He suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and heart hypertrophy. Pulmonary fibrosis can be treated by a lung transplant, but that is a difficult and uncertain surgery," al-Masri told Ma'an.