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Female detainees suffering in Israeli prisons

Aug. 1, 2008 10:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2008 10:14 P.M.)
Tulkarem - Ma'an - Freed Palestinian prisoner Seema A'nbas revealed Friday that her fellow prisoner 36-year-old Amal Jum'aa is suffering from uterine cancer.

A'nbas heard the news about Jum'aa after the latter's sister returned from a visit to the women's prison. She said that the cancer was discovered two days ago after doctors conducted her regular checkup in the prison.

Jum'aa is 36-years-old and a resident of Askar refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus and is serving an 11 year sentence.

A'nbas called on prison authorities to provide medical care for Jum'aa and allow a specialist into the prison to conduct the required medical assessment. She added that the prison authorities should allow a doctor in to examine all women who suffer from illnesses, and give medicine to those who need it.

She asked Human Rights organizations working in the Palestinian territories and inside the Green Line to investigate the situation, which is worsening daily.

A'nbas said that female prisoners suffer greatly from the policy of medical negligence by the Israeli prison administration. She sited several examples of women suffering in prisons.

One of the examples was Faten Amer, 27-years-old and resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, who is serving a 16 year sentence in Damun prison in the Ktziyot area. In an interview with Ma'an Amer's sister said that Faten was loosing weight rapidly and was now only 35kg. She complained of suffering from headaches for no reason and has been refused treatment. Amer reported that while visiting her she found her handcuffed and shackled.

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