At approximately 2:00 pm on Tuesday, 6 January 2016, the Israeli authorities arrested Maher Abdel Fattah Mushtaha, 53, at Erez crossing. Mustaha was accompanying his wife, Hekmat Baker Mushtaha, 52, who is ill and was on her way to Al Makased Hospital in Jerusalem where she was scheduled for joint transplantation for her left leg. The couple had received permits from the Israeli security authorities to travel via Erez crossing. The Israeli security forces interrogated Maher for five hours and then detained him and prevented his wife from passing through the crossing. Maher was released on 7 January 2016.