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Sixteenth Palestinian prisoner of Israel diagnosed with cancer

July 27, 2009 8:40 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2009 12:17 P.M.)
Hebron – Ma’an – Prisoner of Israel Hamza Tarayra was diagnosed with cancer in Hadassah Hospital on Monday, the Palestinian prisoner’s society in Hebron announced.

Following a visit to the Ofer detention center, prisoner society lawyer Luay Ukka said Tarayra was finally diagnosed following months of requests for medical checks. After each request for a medical appointment, Tarayra said, Israseli prison officials would give him pain relievers. Doctors at the Hadassah hospital found he had a large tumor in his mouth and needs urgent surgery.

Tarayra is from the southern West Bank town of Bani Na’im, east of Hebron. He was detained on 1 May 2008 on charges of resisting Israeli forces and being affiliated to Fatah’s military wing the Al-Aqsa Brigades.

Also on Monday the de facto Ministry for Detainees in Gaza released a statement saying the number of Palestinian cancer sufferers in Israeli prisons has risen to 16.

The head of media department at the ministry Riyad Al-Ashkar said the most recent case is that of Fayyez Sa’dat, who was released for medical treatment after his cancer spread, riddling his body with tumors.

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