[Ppnews] Former Palestinian Political Prisoner Dies Due To Medical Neglect While In Prison

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Tue Jan 22 11:13:15 EST 2013

  Former Detainee Dies Due To Medical Neglect While In Prison

author Tuesday January 22, 2013 12:35author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported, Monday evening, that a 
former Palestinian political prisoner from Hebron, died at a hospital in 
Jerusalem after falling into a coma 50 days ago due to a serious health 
condition resulting from his imprisonment by Israel, and the lack of 
medical treated while in prison.

The PPS said that Ashraf Abu Thra', 27, from Beit Awwa village, west of 
the southern West Bank city of Jenin, was hospitalized at the Augusta 
Victoria hospital in Jerusalem where he fell into a 50-day coma until 
his death.

Nasser Qous, director of the PPS in Jerusalem, stated that Abu Thra' 
spent six years in the Al-Ramla prison clinic that lacks basic supplies 
and specialized physicians; he was wheelchair bound, and suffered 
numerous health complication that were left untreated.

He was released on November 15, 2012 after a serious deterioration in 
his health condition, and was hospitalized in Jerusalem on the day of 
his release.

Issa Qaraqe', Palestinian Minister of Detainees, held Israel responsible 
for the death of Abu Thra', and stated that Israel deprived him from the 
urgently needed medications, physical therapy sessions, and the urgently 
needed specialized medical attention, an issue that caused serious 

He added that three Palestinians detainees died within two years of 
their release due to serious complications resulting from the lack of 
adequate and specialized medical attention in prison.

Dozens of detainees died in Israeli prisons due to similar health 

The two detainees who died with the last two years, shortly after their 
release, have been identified as Zakariyya Issa and Zuheir Labbada.

There are currently more than 4500 Palestinians who are still imprisoned 
by Israel, including 198 children, eight women, and several elected 
legislators and officials.

79 detainees have died in prison since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa 
Intifada (In late September 2000) due to torture, medical neglect, 
excessive use of force by the soldiers and interrogators, in addition to 
several detainees who were executed by the arresting officers, former 
Political Prisoner, Palestinian Researcher, former political prisoner, 
Abdul-Nasser Farawna said.

A total of 202 detainees died or were killed in Israeli prisons since 
1967; dozens of detainees also died after they were released due to 
diseases they encountered in prison or due to complications resulting 
from extreme torture and bad conditions in prisons.

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