83-Year-Old Palestinian Prisoner Freed after 17 Years in Israeli Prisons (VIDEO)

83-year-old Palestinian prisoner Fouad Shobaki was released after serving 17 years in Israeli prisons. (Photo: via WAFA)

The eldest Palestinian prisoner, 83-year-old Fouad Shobaki, was released on Monday after serving 17 years in Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

Shobaki was born on March 12, 1940, in the al-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza.

Shobaki is a member of Fatah and was responsible for the central military financial administration in the Palestinian security services.

On January 3, 2002, the Israeli occupation army carried out a military operation called Operation Noah’s Ark with the aim of commandeering the Karen A ship in the Red Sea, claiming that the ship was carrying military equipment for the Palestinians and was considered the mastermind in financing and smuggling the arms ship.

Shobaki was captured by the Israeli occupation forces on March 14, 2006, and was sentenced to 20 years, later reduced to 17 years, after he was found guilty of attempting to smuggle arms into the Palestinian territories.

Shobaki suffers from many health problems and recently had to rely on fellow inmates to meet his physical needs.

His wife died in 2011 and he was forbidden to say goodbye to her.


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