The Israeli authorities have prevented Awad Yonis al-Rugoob, 60, from traveling to the Gaza strip to meet his son, who was released in the first phase of the prisoner-swap deal and exiled to Gaza.Al-Rugoob said that heads of the Israeli Intelligence Agency held him for several hours before telling him to go home.

He asserted that there is no explicit reason for this, and that he has also been prevented from visiting his son in the Israeli jail for ten years.

He added that Israel keeps placing obstacles in the way, deliberately preventing the ex-detainees families from experiencing happiness.

He issued an appeal for human rights organizations to intervene and allow him to travel to the Gaza Strip and see his son, who he hasn’t seen for ten years.