At approximately 9:00 AM on Monday, 18 April 2016, Israeli authorities at Erez crossing arrested Mahmoud Said Al Abed Abu Fool, 19, resident of Jabalia camp in North Gaza. Mahmoud had been summoned by the Israeli security agency for an interview within the permit application process. Abu Fool had submitted a permit application in order to continue his medical treatment at Al Najah Hospital in Nablus in the West Bank.
Field investigations indicate that Mahmoud had been hit by a live bullet at a protest on 9 October 2015, east of Al Shejayia neighborhood, east of Gaza City, which resulted in a tear to an artery in his left leg. On 15 October 2015, he was transferred to Al Najah Hospital in the West Bank where he underwent an operation to transplant an artery and place a platinum plate in his leg.
His father told Al Mezan that his son applied to the Palestinian General Authority of Civil Affairs for a travel permit to continue his treatment in Al Najah Hospital. As a result, he was summoned to meet Israeli security at Erez crossing on 18 April 2016 at 8:30 AM. Later that day, at 10 PM, his father was contacted by the Palestinian Authority of Civil Affairs and informed of his son’s arrest.