Israeli forces free sick Palestinian prisoner

18:00 Jan 21 2015 Ofer Prison

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Wednesday evening released a sick Palestinian prisoner who was being held at Ofer detention center, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said.

In a statement, the group said that Jaafar Awad, 23, from Beit Ummar north of Hebron, was transferred in a Palestinian ambulance to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron.

He had been suffering from pneumonia as well as diabetes and gland problems for the last two months, and was being kept at Assaf Harofeh hospital by prison authorities in Israel.

He was welcomed outside Ofer detention center on Wednesday by a number of his family members in addition to Qaddura Faris, the chairman of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, and the group's general manager Abdul-al al-Anani.

As Awad arrived at al-Ahli hospital, large numbers of Beit Ummar residents awaited him outside as well as the president of the Palestinian Department of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe, Minister of Health Jawad Awwad and a number of other local officials.

Israeli authorities freed Awad after an appeal submitted by the director of the Prisoners' Society's legal department.

An Israeli court on Wednesday approved the prisoner's release after more than 14 months of imprisonment beginning in Nov. 2013.

The court stipulated that as a condition of his release he pay a fine of 40,000 shekels ($102,000) and be placed under probation for 18 months.
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