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Palestinian detainee in critical condition despite ongoing PA concerns

Sept. 24, 2015 6:03 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 28, 2015 10:46 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diak, 33, has reached a critical stage despite repeated calls by the Palestinian Authority for the Israeli Prison Service to address his medical needs.

PA Minister of Health Jawad Awad sent a medical delegation, headed by the general director of primary health Kamal al-Shakhra, to visit Abu Diak at the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital where the detainee is currently being held.

Al-Shakhra said Abu Diak is suffering from renal and pulmonary failure, adding that doctors expect his body to respond to treatment in a week, but any lack of response would result in further deterioration of his health.

The administration of the hospital has cooperated in explaining Abu Diak's health condition and has promised to facilitate another visit to the detainee next week, Al-Shakhra added.

Minister Awad said the delegation had been sent by direction from President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Abu Diak underwent two surgeries earlier this month. The head of the PA Committee for Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, said at the time that he held the Israeli Prison Service responsible for his life as the prisoner had faced "medical negligence."

He said that Israel's prison authorities had failed to treat him adequately, even though they were aware of the medical conditions he suffered in his liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Abu Diak, from Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, has been in prison since he was 20, spending 13 years of three life sentences plus 30 years of jail time.

According to the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), poor conditions in Israeli prisons have lead to the deterioration of health for a large number of Palestinian prisoners.

Nearly 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.
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