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Report: 1,500 ill Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails

Oct. 2, 2014 10:36 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2014 4:37 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- There are currently 1,500 sick Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the Palestinian Department of Prisoner Affairs said Thursday, stressing that the number is increasing due to medical neglect and lack of treatment.

The department said in a report that of the numerous ill prisoners, 25 suffer from cancer, 65 are disabled or paralyzed, 20 prisoners are being held in al-Ramla hospital with "complicated conditions," and 18 have psychological and nervous conditions.

The report underscored the poor medical and sanitary conditions experienced by the more than 7,000 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, including more than 500 without charge or trial.

The report added that because of the medical neglect suffered, the lives of many prisoners are now in danger, including those of Yusri al-Masri, Mansour Muwqada, Khalid Shawish, Nahed al-Aqraa, Mutasem Radad, Muhammad Barash, Alaa al-Hams, Riyad al-Umur, Salah al-Titi, Khader Dabaya, and Fawwas Baara and many others.

The report also stated that more than 30 percent of the 206 prisoners who have died in Israeli prison suffered from disease, in addition to many former prisoners who died of diseases shortly after being released.

The committee said that the health condition of prisoners require urgent and special interventions by humanitarian and international institutions to save their lives.

The report identified a number of forms of neglect experience by prisoners, including:

1. Stalling needed surgeries and treatments.

2. Lack of specialized doctors in prison clinics.

3. Lack of an appropriate hospital to receive and treat prisoners, adding that the "al-Ramla hospital is considered one of the worst."

4. Bargaining with prisoners to pay for their treatment at their own expense.

5. Moving prisoners in mail vehicles, not in ambulances.

6. The poor condition of detention centers where ill prisoners are kept, including Ashkelon, Negev, and Nafha detention centers.

7. Not giving ill prisoners regular medical tests.

8. Ill prisoners getting being along with other prisoners, including tear gas and beatings.
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