Saturday, 18 April 2009

27 seriously ill prisoners denied treatment

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)-- The international Tadamun (solidarity) society for human rights reported Wednesday that 27 Palestinian prisoners, sustaining deadly diseases, are lying in the Israeli Ramla prison hospital without receiving the necessary medical treatment.

In a report on the occasion of the Palestinian prisoner day, the society added that most of the patients in Israeli jails especially those who serve high sentences are pressured to confess in exchange for medication or medical treatment.

It said that five of the 27 patients in Ramla hospital suffer from unilateral paralysis as a result of gunshots fired at them by IOF troops.

The report pointed out that there are 550 prisoners in urgent need for surgeries and 170 others suffer from very serious diseases like cancer, kidney failure and heart problems in addition to 17 handicapped prisoners using wheelchairs and crutches.

In another context, Hamas spokesman Hammad Al-Raqab stated that his Movement made a commitment to work on liberating Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails at any cost.

In a symposium organized Wednesday by the society of Muslim young women in the cultural center on the occasion of prisoner day, Raqab stressed that the Palestinian prisoners gave the resistance leaders the authority to decide on their behalf despite all arbitrary actions and suffering they face in Israeli jails.

The spokesman noted that all attempts to downplay the feasibility of kidnapping Israeli soldiers are only made by defeated people who waived the rights of Palestinian prisoners to freedom.