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Israel gave Palestine prisoner expired medicines, rights group says

Palestinian prisoner, Muhammad Barash [snadps/Twitter]
Palestinian prisoner, Muhammad Barash [snadps/Twitter]

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said the Israeli prison administration has given expired medicines to Palestinian prisoner, Muhammad Barash, who is currently detained in Ashkelon prison.

Barash has informed the commission's lawyer that two weeks ago he realised that the prison administration had been providing him with cholesterol medication that had expired in January.

In its report, the commission pointed out that Barash is disabled, having had his left foot amputated. He also suffers from high blood pressure, blisters in his ears, poor vision and tachycardia or rapid heart rate. It is feared the medication may exacerbate his conditions.

According to the commission, Barash needs an operation on his ears and new hearing aids as well as medical treatment for his amputated foot, but the prison administration has delayed transferring him for treatment.

The 44-year-old is from Al-Amari refugee camp, southwest of occupied Ramallah, and has been in detention since 2003. He is serving three life sentences in Ashkelon.

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