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Prisoners to protest against Israeli medical 'negligence'

Nov. 9, 2013 3:26 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 10:51 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners held in Israel's Nafha prison are threatening to begin protests in solidarity with sick prisoners, the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs said in a statement Saturday.

The prisoners are calling for the release of inmates with serious illnesses, the statement said.

PA prisoners' lawyer Amer Abu Hamdiyya met with a chief Israeli intelligence official and told him that the prisoners "would not remain silent" while sick prisoners continue to suffer, the statement said.

The demands come four days after the death of Hasan Turabi, a Palestinian prisoner who suffered from leukemia. The Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs blamed his death on Israeli "negligence."

Several other prisoners' lawyers were quoted in the statement, detailing individual cases of prisoners currently suffering from serious medical conditions without proper treatment in Israeli jails.

Serious medical issues worsened by prison conditions

According to the statement, Suleiman Abu Ruwais from Nablus went on a hunger strike in 2004 and has suffered from a gastric ulcer ever since, regularly vomiting blood.

Only in 2008 was Abu Rawais taken to the hospital, the statement says.

Ismail Abu Alafa from Nablus, who has had portions of his stomach removed since Israeli troops shot him in 2004, has not been receiving appropriate medical treatment at a prison clinic, according to the statement.

Abu Alafa urgently needs to be taken to the hospital, the statement says.

Omar Abu Saada from Tulkarem, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence, suffers from tumors in his throat, has difficulty eating, and needs surgery, the statement says.

Similarly, Murad Abu Mueliq from Gaza, who is serving 22-year sentence, has reportedly lost nearly 30 lbs in prison due to serious issues with his large intestine.

Other Palestinian prisoners complain of untreated infections, the statement said.

Turabi's death on Tuesday brings the death toll among Palestinian prisoners in Israel's custody to 205 since 1967.

Five Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons this year.
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