Israel Releases 2 Jordanians after Two-Month Detention

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 - 11:15
Asharq Al-Awsat

Israel released on Wednesday two Jordanian citizens following two months of administrative detention.

Hiba Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri crossed the King Hussein Bridge back into Jordan on Wednesday.

Labadi, 24, was arrested in August after crossing to the West Bank to attend a family wedding. She subsequently went on a hunger strike and was hospitalized after her health deteriorated.

Miri, 29, was arrested last September after he also crossed into the West Bank to visit relatives. He has been battling cancer since 2010 and he requires frequent medical checkups.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi had said on Monday that the two citizens would return home “before the end of the week”.

Israel mainly uses “administrative detention”, or imprisonment without trial, against Palestinians suspected of anti-Israeli activities.

It says the measure, which human rights groups have condemned, is aimed at preventing further violence in cases where there is insufficient evidence to prosecute or where court proceedings could expose the identity of secret informants.

Last week, Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultation to protest the detentions.

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