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Palestinian prisoner's wife gives birth to baby boy from smuggled sperm

New Delhi: Her husband was a Palestinian prisoner who is being held in an Israeli jail. His sperm was smuggled into Gaza, and now it has his wife has given birth to the first baby
India TV News Desk January 13, 2014 13:06 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Her husband was a Palestinian prisoner who is being held in an Israeli jail.

His sperm was smuggled into Gaza, and now it has his wife has given birth to the first baby born through a smuggled sperm.

The procedure follows several similar cases last year in the West Bank, and Palestinians view such births as an act of defiance against Israel's jail policies.

The mother's weak voice, rang out hours after the delivering baby al-Hassan, saying.

“I am tired and very, very happy.”

Speaking from a hospital bed in Gaza City, she told Reuters that Israel had banned her from visiting her husband since his arrest in 2006,

Gaza has been run by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007. Israel has enforced a blockade on the territory and has fought a round of bloody battles with the militant party.

Al-Za'anin the mother, declined to say how the sperm was Smuggled out from prison, but said its journey to the medical lab in Gaza, where two specialists were waiting for it, took around six hours.

Her husband Tamer was arrested in an Israeli army incursion into the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun and jailed for 12 years for belonging to the Islamic Jihad militant group.

Israel has agreed to release 104 long-term prisoners in four stages as part of struggling U.S. peace talks revived in July after a three month hiatus.