Israel denies freed prisoner entry to Jordan for medical treatment
Published Sunday 05/01/2014 (updated) 06/01/2014 20:46
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities told the Palestinian Red Crescent that newly released Palestinian prisoner Naim Shawamrah would not be allowed to enter Jordan for treatment, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.
Shawamrah, whose health has been deteriorating since before he was released from Israeli jails, was scheduled to head to Jordan for treatment mid-Sunday, Hebron PPS director Amjad al-Najjar said.
"Everybody was surprised by the decision to reject him," al-Najjar said. "Preparations have been ongoing since Saturday, but the Red Crescent was notified of an Israeli decision to deny him entry to Jordan."
Shawamrah was hospitalized late Wednesday due to serious deterioration in his health condition.
Doctors said his condition was worsening, and transferred him to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, al-Najjar said at the time.
Minister of Health Jawad Awwad met Saturday with Shawamrah's doctor, along with members of his family and other Palestinian Authority officials, and planned to send the former prisoner to Jordan for treatment, a statement from the Ministry of Prisoners' affairs said.
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.