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Health of Palestinian prisoner declines

Aug. 2, 2015 9:54 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2015 9:56 A.M.)
A Palestinian man looks at a wall holding photos of Palestinian prisoners. (AFP/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an)— The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Ala’ al-Hums, currently serving a 29-year sentence in Israeli jails, is beginning to deteriorate, a prisoner's rights group said Saturday.

The Palestinian Prison Society said al-Hums he has several health issues and suffers from tuberculosis.

The group said in a statement said that the detainee is currently in serious condition and that his disease is potentially contagious to other prisoners, adding that he has lost 70 percent of his sight in his left eye after medical neglect.

Al-Hums is married with four children.

No further information was given on the prisoner.

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.

"Prison clinics have become renowned for offering only aspirin for all health treatments and physicians within the clinics are all soldiers," CEPR said in a report.

Last week the Israeli Prison Service came under fire after the Israeli Knesset passed a law allowing force feeding of prisoners.

Left-wing Hadash party member Dov Khenin said the law was"cruel, dangerous and unnecessary,”a Knesset press release said.

"No hunger-striking prisoner has ever died in the State of Israel, but 50 prisoners who were force-fed did die. This law kills, and it permits things that are prohibited according to international norms.”

Nearly 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, with prisoners' rights group Addameer estimating that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained at some point.
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