Israeli soldiers deported on Tuesday detainee Rasmi Subaih, 24, from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, to Gaza after detaining him in the Negev Administrative Detention Facility without trial for nine months. The deportation period is two years, the International Press Center (IPC) in Gaza reported.
Subaih was arrested with his wife, Samar, in September 2005 and was since then detained in the Negev prison, while his pregnant wife was held in the Talmond prison for women.
The wife delivered her first baby boy two months ago under very harsh conditions as she was brought handcuffed to an Israeli hospital, and was denied the any visitation by her relatives, the IPC added.
Subaih was recently allowed to see his new born son for 90 minutes under strict military measures.
In a separate but related incident, the Israeli Ofer military court, in the West Bank, extended the administrative detention term of a Palestinian reporter identified as Sami Al Asi for for additional two months for the seventh consecutive time.
Al Asi was arrested in April 2004; he was working as correspondent and cameraman for a number of local and foreign TV channels; he has been in detention for 27 months without charges or trial.
The Palestinian Journalist Bloc (PJB) and other media institutions scathingly condemned the extension, urging all local and international concerned parties, especially the Palestinian journalists’ syndicate to swiftly intervene to secure the unconditional release of Al Asi. The IPC added.