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Palestinian prisoners endure deteriorating medical conditions – Palestinian Prisoner’s Society

Palestinian protesters hold pictures of Palestinian prisoners outside of an Israeli prison [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]
Palestinian protesters hold pictures of Palestinian prisoners outside of an Israeli prison [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) two Palestinian prisoners who have been held in Israel’s Nafha prison since 2004 are suffering deteriorating medical conditions, Maan News reports.

In a statement issued Monday following PPS lawyer’s visit to the prison the organisation explained that Shadi al-Hawi – who was detained in 2004 while attempting to leave the Gaza Strip and make his way to Germany in order to receive medical care due to “a shard in his head,” – has been waiting to undergo surgery ever since, the statement said.

According to PPS, the 33-year-old, who is serving a 14-year sentence, was detained while he was unconscious. Once he regained consciousness, he found himself in Israel’s Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

The lawyer said that al-Hawi has been taking 14 pills a day, most of them painkillers, to alleviate his severe and chronic pain.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Majid al-Jarar has also been in serious medical condition since he was detained in 2004 from the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem.Jarar, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence, suffers from skin issues, including boils and black spots on his skin that cause sever pain.

PPS’s statement said that Israeli doctors told Jarar that they would conduct weekly blood tests to follow up on his condition, but they have not committed to the promise and have conducted only one medical test over the past six-month period.

Jarar has also been suffering from hearing issues and a knee injury from being hit with shrapnel that causes chronic pain.

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