The Israeli occupation military court in Ofer prison ordered the release of Palestinian political prisoner Jaafar Awad, 23, who is suffering a severe health crisis. Awad is now receiving treatment at Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron, reported Ma’an.
He has diabetes and hyperthyroidism and severe muscle fatigue. Initially, his appeals for early release were denied; he was released on 21 January with an 18-month suspended sentence and on the condition of payment of a fine of 40,000 NIS (approximately $10,173 USD).
Awad is from Beit Ummar village near Hebron and had been held by Israeli prison authorities since November 2013, the last two months in Assaf Harofe hospital. He was released after an appeal submitted by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s legal director Jawad Boulos.