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Israel frees Hebron prisoner as health deteriorates

Oct. 4, 2013 3:26 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces released Palestinian prisoner Hatem Yousef Ibrahim Amro, 51, from its prisons on Thursday evening.

The Israeli authorities released him because his health had seriously deteriorated in recent days while imprisoned at the Negev prison in southern Israel.

Upon his release, Amro was transferred to Soroka hospital and subsequently underwent an Angioplasty operation. The doctors at Soroka say he urgently needs open-heart surgery.

Amro was originally detained by Israeli forces in August, and he was kept under administrative detention since that time. According to Israeli NGO B'tselem, authorities frequently detain Palestinians through the use of administrative orders that are executed without either indictment or trial. Thousands of Palestinians have been detained for extended periods of time through these orders.

Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awad as well as the general director of transfers at the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry welcomed the news of Amro's release.

Awad congratulated the Amro family and declared that the Palestinian Authority would cover all costs associated with the medical treatment needed for the freed prisoner.

Awad also said that the Israeli authorities must be held responsible for Palestinian prisoners' lives and the dangerous conditions they were kept in that lead to dire medical situations.

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