Authorities in Saudi Arabia have released Mohammad al-Khudary, an 83-year-old senior Hamas official, after more than three years in detention, according to the Palestinian group.
Izzat al-Rishiq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said in a statement that al-Khudary was on board a plane heading to Jordan.
“I spoke to him and he is in good spirits. He hopes and he prays that the rest of his detained brothers be freed,” said al-Rishiq.
There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials.
Al-Khudary was detained by Saudi authorities in 2019, along with dozens of others. Human rights organisation Amnesty International said in March that al-Khudari’s life was “at serious risk in prison”.
Al-Rishiq said Hamas “highly” appreciated Saudi Arabia’s move to release al-Khudary.
“We pray that the step is an introduction to opening a new chapter and seeing the release of the remaining prisoners.”