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Prisoner has son after smuggling sperm to wife
Published Monday 13/08/2012 (updated) 15/08/2012 10:14
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Ammar al-Zein became a father for the third time on Monday, even though he has been jailed in Israel for 15 years.

Al-Zein's wife Dalal Rabayaa, 31, gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 3.8 kg at the Razan Medical Center in Nablus. The proud parents named their son Muhannad after a friend of Ammar's who was killed by Israeli forces, she told Ma'an.

Muhannad was conceived at the Razan clinic by IVF using sperm smuggled from her jailed husband.

"My husband managed to smuggle his sperm from prison about three years ago, and we managed to keep it until I finally gave birth to Muhannad," Dalal said. She declined to give details of how the sperm was smuggled, citing security concerns.

Ammar, from Maythaloun village in the northern West Bank, is serving 25 life sentences in Israel's Hadarim prison. The couple has two daughters, 16-year-old Bashaer and Bisan, 15.

Dr Salim Abu al-Khayzaran told Ma'an the successful birth followed two failed IVF treatments.

He told Agence-France Presse that the sperm had been subjected to a gender separation process to ensure the couple would have a son. He also declined to elaborate on how the sperm was smuggled, but said it was done in a clinically secure way.

A delighted Dalal told Ma'an she had been waiting for a son for years and had finally realized her dream.

"This accomplishment is dedicated to the Palestinian people, namely prisoners and their families," she said.


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1 ) Odeh / Palestine
13/08/2012 22:03
Mashallah, he looks exactly like his father.

2 ) Tooth / Fairy
13/08/2012 22:14
And if you believe that, I have a bottle of snake oil to sell you. Guaranteed to cure everything from premature balding to foot rot !

3 ) joe / USA
13/08/2012 23:09
how the heck do you smuggle sperm. A DNA test is in order

4 ) steven / uk
13/08/2012 23:11
it costs thousands of pounds to subject sperm to a gender seperation process. If this is possible in gaza, then the blockade isnt working and obviously the people arent hungry.

5 ) Alaa / Egypt
14/08/2012 00:08
.... Ew .....

6 ) Robby / USA
14/08/2012 04:58
2 ) Tooth / Fairy - LOL - so you think there should be a paternity test?

7 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
14/08/2012 06:24
What a beautiful story of overcoming oppression!

8 ) Alex / US
14/08/2012 07:15
I wonder how many people truly believe this story?! If you do, there is a bridge in Brooklyn, New York I would like to sell you...cheaply! LOL!

9 ) @ Steven / WB
14/08/2012 11:45
This happened in the West Bank, not Gaza.

10 ) Carlos / USA
14/08/2012 19:21
Bless the little boy! I hope he grows up to be courageous like his father. I am proud of his ability to snub his nose at the israeli authority. israel is criminal.

11 ) Carlos / usa
14/08/2012 19:27
I wont buy the brooklyn bridge because that is dumb suggestion. I will buy this story because it is uplifting. The people who express doubt in this story are the same ones who cant tell the difference between Nablus and Gaza. Either they cant tell the difference between the cities or they cant read. Not sure which. Thier comments show ignorance.

12 ) Business / Israel
16/08/2012 06:01
3 year old sperm? Gender separation? Have to admit, the story is BOLD. Beats getting your head chopped off in an honor killing.

13 ) Asma / Palestine
26/08/2012 17:30
Congratulation .

14 ) fadhilawashington / usa
27/08/2012 15:18
Fantastic ,,,,such a bold story... Congratulations! keep up with yr good will. Bless u.
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