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Report: Health of Palestinians in Israel jails ‘deteriorating’

Palestinians hold a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza on 3 July, 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians hold a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

The health condition of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails is “deteriorating”, the Committee of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs said in a report yesterday.

The majority of sick Palestinians are being held in the Al-Ramla Prison which is overcrowded, the group said. Prisoners do not receive the necessary healthcare and treatment to deal with their condition, it added.

Disabled prisoners are also unable to use the toilet and facilities without the help of other inmates, the committee explained.

Rights groups say that there are about 6,500 Palestinian prisoners inside 22 Israeli jails, including about 400 who have medical conditions which need treatment, 400 being held under administrative detention, 350 minors and 57 women.

Report: No food, blankets for Palestinian prisoners in Israel prison

An Israeli court recently ruled that 15-year-old Shadi Farah can serve the remainder of his two year sentence in a juvenile centre after an Israel’s prosecution service had requested he be moved to a jail for adults.

Farah was detained on 30 December 2015 and should have been released at the end of last year however the court did not take into consideration the year he spent in a jail prior to being sentenced.

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