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Health of Palestinian prisoner held by Israel deteriorates

Aug. 8, 2016 5:12 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 5:12 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The medical condition of Palestinian prisoner Yousif Ibrahim Nawajah has been deteriorating “by the day,” a statement from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) revealed on Monday.

A PPS lawyer who visited Nawajah at the clinic in Israel’s Ramla prison said Nawajah suffered from several health issues including gout, epilepsy, stomach pains, vision impairment, chronic weight loss, and partial amnesia. In addition, he has suffered from hemiparesis -- weakness on one side of the body -- after being shot by Israeli forces in the early 2000s.

The 49-year-old was detained in 2012 and has been suffering from medical complications ever since. 

Some 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli jails as of July, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.

There are some 1,000 sick Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Center for Studies. Rights groups have widely condemned Israel for its medical negligence of Palestinians in its prisons, which Addameer has called a "deliberate policy of neglect."

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