Freed Palestinian prisoner to travel to Jordan for treatment
Published Saturday 04/01/2014 (updated) 05/01/2014 09:46
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Newly released Palestinian prisoner Naim Shawamrah will be transferred to Jordan for treatment, the Palestinian minister of prisoners' affairs said Saturday.
President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah have instructed all concerned parties to make sure Shawamrah receives all possible treatment, Issa Qaraqe said in a statement.
Minister of Health Jawad Awwad met Saturday with Shawamrah's doctor, along with members of his family and other Palestinian Authority officials, and decided to send the former prisoner to Jordan for treatment, the statement said.
Qaraqe said Shawamrah's condition had become very serious -- he is unable to speak and can hardly breathe.
He was hospitalized late Wednesday due to a serious deterioration in his health condition. Doctors said his condition was worsening, and transferred him to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.
Shawamrah was released Tuesday morning along with 25 other Palestinian prisoners who were detained before the Oslo Accords. He spent 19 years in Israeli jails and in 2013 was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Throughout his final days in prison, he was unable to walk.
Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian veteran prisoners from Israeli jails in conjunction with US-mediated peace talks with the PLO. Tuesday marked the release of the third round of prisoners.
5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.