Senior Hamas official released from Saudi Arabia, heads to Jordan | News

Mohammad al-Khudary was arrested in 2019, along with dozens of others.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have released Mohammad al-Khudary, an 83-year-old man Hamas official, after more than three years of detention, according to the Palestinian group.

Izzat al-Rishiq, a member of the Hamas political office, said in a statement that al-Khudary was on a plane headed to Jordan.

“I spoke to him and he is in good spirits. He hopes and he prays that the rest of his brothers are released,” al-Rishiq said.

There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials.

Al-Khudary is detained by the Saudi authorities in 2019, along with dozens of others. Human rights organization Amnesty International speak in March that al-Khudari’s life was “at serious risk in prison”.

Al-Rishiq said Hamas “appreciated” Saudi Arabia’s move to release al-Khudary.

“We pray that this step is an introduction to open a new chapter and witness the release of the remaining prisoners.”


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