Army Arrests Gaza Patient on Way to Hospital in West Bank

GAZA, January 7, 2014 (WAFA) – Israel arrested on Monday a Gaza resident while he was on his way to receive treatment in his eye at a hospital in the West Bank, a Gaza human right group said Tuesday.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in a statement that Yousef Khalaf Abu al-Jidian, 28, from Deir al-Balah, was arrested when he arrived at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing with Israel on his way to a West Bank hospital.

It said Abu al-Jidian, who was accompanied by his 67-year-old mother, arrived at Erez with an Israeli army issued permit to cross the checkpoint and that after passing through all security procedures to cross into Israel, he was taken away by two Israeli security men in civilian clothes.

According to the mother’s testimony, she waited for him to return for one hour, but then a soldier came and told her that her permit was revoked and she should return to Gaza.

The family was later informed that their son was arrested and taken to prison without giving a reason for his arrest.