RAMALLAH, Thursday, September 09, 2021 (WAFA) – Anhar al-Deek, 26, the Palestinian woman imprisoned by Israel and who was in her ninth month of pregnancy, gave birth today at a Ramallah hospital to a healthy baby boy only days after she was set free under strict conditions, including house arrest and a $12,000 bail, according to family members.
Al-Deek, a mother of another child, was detained at her home in Kufr Nimeh village, near Ramallah, when she was three months. A local and international campaign was waged to set her free in order to have her baby in a normal environment particularly after it was decided that she is going to undergo C-Section for the delivery.
Speaking to WAFA at her hospital bed after giving birth to her newborn son, Alaa, al-Deek said she was happy that she was able to undergo the surgery and birth with her family around her and not behind bars.
An Israeli court had previously denied the right of any of her family members to be with her in case she gave birth while still in prison, causing an intensification in the campaign to have her released to undergo delivery in normal conditions and with her family.
Al-Deek was concerned that the harsh prison conditions would not be suitable for her delivery, particularly since the delivery was going to be cesarean.
As a result, she sent a message of appeal from her prison cell on August 25 calling for help to have her released so that she can give birth in normal conditions outside the prison walls.
She still though may have to go back to prison with her newborn baby if she is to serve time for her political activities.