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Palestinian prisoner's wife gives birth using smuggled sperm

Aug. 25, 2018 3:34 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 10:00 A.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- The wife of a Palestinian prisoner gave birth, on Saturday, after she had conceived from a smuggled sperm from her husband in Israeli jails.

Prisoner Muhammad Muteb Tayahneh's family, from Silat al-Harthiyeh village in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, said that the wife of their imprisoned son, Rasha, gave birth to a baby boy named Danial in a Nablus-area hospital from her husband's smuggled sperm.

Prisoner Tahayneh is currently serving a 19-year sentence in Israeli jails; he has spent 16 years of which.

Several Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have resorted to smuggling of sperm out of prisons in order to become father.

Wives of the prisoners gained support for the procedure after the Palestinian Authority's religious council decreed the IVF treatment permissible for the wives of prisoners.

According to the Razan Medical Center for Fertility and IVF, which helps wives of prisoners undergo IVF treatments to conceive via smuggled sperms, the first such case reportedly took place in 2012, when Dalal al-Zein had a baby using sperm smuggled from her husband who had been jailed in Israel for 15 years.

Doctor Ghusoun Badra, from the center, said that more than 50 women, wives of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, have given birth to 66 babies through smuggled sperm.

Palestinian prisoners are denied conjugal visits by the Israeli Prison Service.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.

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