Palestinian prisoner in Israel evacuated to hospital
Published Sunday 09/02/2014 (updated) 11/02/2014 09:52
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody was transferred to a hospital in Beersheba early Saturday after falling suddenly ill, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said.
The statement quoted Mamdouh al-Bitar as saying that his 33-year-old brother Ibrahim was admitted to Soroka Hospital.
He said his brother underwent a stomach surgery about 20 days ago, and had been suffering from illnesses of the stomach and intestine, as well as blood problems.
Some 5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons as punishment for being in Israel without permits.
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.
Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.