Family: Oldest Palestinian prisoner diagnosed with kidney cancer
Published Tuesday 25/03/2014 (updated) 26/03/2014 20:48
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fuad Shobaki, the oldest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, his family said Tuesday.
Recent medical tests revealed that the 76-year-old prisoner had a tumor on his kidney, his relatives said.
Shobaki's sister, Umm Ahmad, told Ma'an that her brother has served more than half of his 20 year sentence for alleged involvement in shipping illegal weapons to the occupied West Bank in 2002.
A Palestinian Authority lawyer told Ma'an earlier in March that Shobaki's health was seriously deteriorating.
Around 4,880 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Jan. 2014. Another 1,415 were in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.
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.