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Family counting minutes ahead of son's release

Oct. 28, 2013 11:26 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 10:47 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) – Relatives of the longest-serving Bethlehem-area prisoner are waiting on tenterhooks counting down the hours and minutes ahead of his expected release Tuesday night.

Issa Abed Rabbo from Duheisha refugee camp has served 30 years in Israeli jails. His name appeared on a list of Palestinian prisoners numbering 104 jailed before the Oslo Accords of 1994. On Sunday, an Israeli ministerial committee approved their release late Tuesday.

“I thank God for reuniting me and him although I haven’t seen him yet,” Abed Rabbo’s mother Ammuna told Ma’an TV.

“However, God willing, tomorrow he will be with me in my lap. I will be happy with his return and so will his sisters and brothers hoping we will continue to live in happiness,” she said.

His brother expressed thankfulness to “those who secured the release of prisoners.”

“Last night I couldn’t sleep at all. His image was always in front of my face, and I was praying to God that a day passes in one minute. I was about to smash the clock yesterday urging it to move faster and faster.”

“Why aren’t you moving today?” his mother added.
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