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Israel issues imprisonment sentence against Palestinian cancer patient

Nov. 4, 2018 2:05 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2018 1:05 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Salem military court sentenced a Palestinian cancer patient, on Sunday, to 13 months in prison and to pay a fine of 3000 shekels ($812).

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Israeli forces detained 22-year-old Ali Mahmoud Hanoun, a resident from the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, who suffers from cancer of the lymphocytes.

PPS added that Hanoun was detained since March 2018.
Despite Hanoun's medical condition, the Israeli Salem military court sentenced him to 13 months in prison, in addition to paying a fine of 3000 shekels ($812).

PPS said that Israeli authorities claimed that following his detention, medical tests were performed on Hanoun and showed that he no longer suffers from the disease.

PPS also noted that Hanoun was receiving cancer treatment when he was detained in March.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,640 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 465 are in administrative detention, 53 are female prisoners, 270 are children, and 50 of the children are under the age of 16.

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