JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- For the first time in Jerusalem, the wife of a Palestinian prisoner gave birth to a baby girl after successful artificial insemination using sperm smuggled from her jailed husband, the woman's family told Ma'an Wednesday.
"My son and his wife were enthusiastic about this idea, and they managed to smuggle sperm which was used for artificial insemination at Razan Hospital in Ramallah," the prisoner's mother said.
Her son, 34-year-old Fahmi Eid Mashahira from East Jerusalem, was jailed on October 2002 and sentenced to 20 life sentences on charges of affiliation with Hamas' military wing.
The Israeli prison service has moved him from one jail to another, and he is currently being held in Rimon prison located in the Negev in southern Israel, his family said.
The newborn baby girl is his third child, the other two of whom were conceived before his prison sentence.
But Mashahira's family could face difficulties obtaining a birth certificate for the baby girl, a Palestinian committee member told Ma'an.
Amjad Abu Asab, head of a committee that represents families of jailed Palestinians from Jerusalem, warned that the Israeli Ministry of the Interior might not register the girl as an Israeli citizen.
Abu Asab added that if the Israeli authorities refuse to recognize the girl, legal action would be taken.
In November, the wife of a Palestinian prisoner in Bethlehem delivered twins after successful artificial insemination from prison-smuggled sperm.
A Gaza prisoner's wife became pregnant earlier this year in what is thought to be the first birth of its kind in Gaza.
As of Nov. 1, there were 4,996 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, 494 of whom are serving life sentences, according to Addameer.