WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Palestinian Anhar al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, has appealed for international intervention to release her from the Zionist regime’s jail so she can have her baby at home.
Twenty-five-year-old al-Deek from the Kafr Ni’ma town west of Ramallah has sent a letter to her family urging them to call on the international community to help secure her freedom.
“What should I do if I give birth far from you? I am tied up, how can I give birth via caesarean section when I am alone in prison?” Anhar wrote in her letter to her family, adding: “I am exhausted, and I had severe pains in the pelvis and severe pain in my legs due to sleeping on the prison beds. I do not know how I want to sleep on it after my delivery operation.”
“Israeli prison administration still want to put me in isolation, my son and me,” she warned.
Anhar has been imprisoned for five months on allegations of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near an illegal settlement outpost, however no verdict has yet been issued against her yet.
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has renewed its pledge to work strenuously for the release of Palestinians who are being kept behind bars in the regime’s detention centers across the occupied territories and are subjected to various forms of torture and mistreatment.
Speaking at a sit-in held outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Gaza City, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said his group “will explore all avenues and will try tirelessly to secure the freedom of all Palestinian prisoners.”
“Pressure must be exerted on the Israeli Occupation in order to end the suffering of our female prisoners, especially Anhar al-Deek – a Palestinian mother in Israeli detention who is on her ninth month of pregnancy, and Israa Riyad Jamil Ja’abees,” he added.
Barhoum also lambasted the international community for its failure to take an effective measure against the occupying regime’s growing mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners, stressing the need for an urgent move to save al-Deek.
Separately, Palestinian Minister of Women’s Affairs Amal Hamad has called on the international community to force the regime into releasing the pregnant Palestinian woman.
More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.