Jordan Calls on Israel to Release Woman on Hunger Strike

Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 - 17:00
Asharq Al-Awsat

Jordan called on Wednesday on Israel to release a Jordanian woman detained for over a month without trial on security charges.

Heba al-Labadi's attorney said that she was arrested August 20 at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has been on a hunger strike since September 26.

Al-Labadi, 32, who is of Palestinian descent, is being held in "administrative detention," an Israeli policy that permits detaining people for months without formal charges.

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said she is detained "because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations," without elaborating.

Jordan's Foreign Ministry said the hunger strike "makes the need for her immediate release more urgent."

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