Ministry: Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails need healthcare
Published Sunday 18/05/2014 (updated) 20/05/2014 09:33
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Special Israeli squads on Saturday stormed Eshel Prison near Beersheba, handcuffed Palestinian political prisoners and took them out in a provocative manner destroying their belongings, says the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs.
In a statement Sunday, ministry lawyer Rami al-Alami quoted prisoner Muhammad Zawahra as saying that the inspection lasted eight hours. During inspection, he said, Israeli officers took Ahmad Shibani for interrogation. He highlighted that Shibani’s wife has been in custody, too.
The statement quoted other lawyers saying that several prisoners in Israeli custody suffered from sicknesses and their health condition has deteriorated recently.
Aysar Wakid from Jenin in the northern West Bank is suffering from tumors and swelling in his neck which cause severe pain when he swallows food, says his lawyer Muataz Shqeirat. Wakid, serving an 13-year sentence at Negev desert prison, needs surgery but the Israeli prison service has not yet set a date for it, added the lawyer.
Similarly, Shawqi Abu Adra from Gaza, who is serving 15 years in Ashkelon prison, has been suffering from serious troubles in his eyes, his large intestine along with severe back pain, according to his lawyer Karim Ajweh. He urgently needs eye surgery.
Furthermore, Ziad Hammoudah from Ramallah suffers from arthritis, says his lawyer Rami al-Alami. Hamoudah is serving 13 years in Nafha prison. He underwent two surgeries but still he has severe pain and needs special medical care.
Raed al-Huroub from the Hebron area suffers from eye cancer, says lawyer al-Alami. Al-Huroub is serving a life sentence plus 60 years in Nafha prison. His left eye had been excised before he was detained.