Freed prisoner's health deteriorates
Published Friday 03/01/2014 (updated) 04/01/2014 14:34
A note written by Naim Shawamrah reads: "No one can imagine
the amount of pain I'm suffering."
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A newly released Palestinian prisoner suffered a major deterioration in his health conditions only days after being released from Israeli prisons, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.
Naim Shawamrah lost his ability to speak, fainted three times, and had several seizures on early Friday.
Director of PPS's Hebron office Amjad al-Najjar said that Shawamrah regained consciousness at dawn, and wrote several notes.
"People! My saliva is going to kill me, and no one in this hospital can cure me," read one note.
It was signed: "A tormented prisoner."
On Thursday, PPS said Shawamrah had been hospitalized late Wednesday due to serious deterioration in his health condition.
Doctors said his condition was worsening, and transferred him to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, al-Najjar said at the time.
Shawamrah was released Tuesday morning along with 25 other Palestinian prisoners who were detained before the Oslo Accords. He spent 19 years in Israeli jails and in 2013 was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Throughout his final days in prison, he was unable to walk.
Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian veteran prisoners from Israeli jails in conjunction with US-mediated peace talks with the PLO. Tuesday marked the release of the third round of prisoners.
5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.