2 Jordanians detained in Israel to return this week, minister says

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Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman al-Safadi
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Amman – Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman al-Safadi said on Monday that the two Jordanians detained in Israel will be released and return to Amman this week.

“Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri will return home before the end of the week,’’ al-Safadi wrote on Twitter.

Echoing a Foreign Ministry statement that said Israel pledged to hand the two over to the kingdom this week.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the issue.

Al-Labadi and Miri were arrested on August 20 at the Allenby Bridge between Jordan and the West Bank for their suspected involvement in serious security offences, according to Israeli authorities.

Jordan recalled its ambassador in Tel Aviv last week to protest what it called their illegal detention.

On Sunday, hundreds of Jordanians staged a protest on Sunday evening in front of the cabinet’s headquarters in Amman to pressure the government to secure their release.

Al-Labadi has been on hunger strike for over a month to protest her detention and has been hospitalised several times as a result.

On Friday, Amman said she was transferred to a health centre affiliated with the prison administration.

Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries who have formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

(dpa/NAN)


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