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Al-Taj given permit to be treated in Jerusalem hospital

May 3, 2013 1:18 P.M. (Updated: May 3, 2013 1:18 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israel has given Muhammad al-Taj a permit to be treated in a Jerusalem hospital, after releasing him from prison on health grounds.

Israel pardoned al-Taj, who had carried out two long-term hunger strikes, in April after a serious deterioration in his health. He suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and heart hypertrophy.

Israel had previously banned al-Taj from Jerusalem and it is the first time the former prisoner has been allowed a permit to enter the city, the Palestine Center for Prisoner Studies said.

Several specialist Palestinian hospitals are in East Jerusalem but Palestinians need permission from Israel to access them.
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