Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Lawyer: Abu Hamdiyeh refused cancer drugs - only given painkillers and antibiotics

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison doctors refused to treat Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, who died in Israeli custody on Tuesday, and gave the cancer sufferer painkillers and antibiotics, his lawyer said.

Rami Alami visited Abu Hamdiyeh in Eshel prison on March 12, and a record of his visit reveals the prisoner's long struggle with Israeli authorities for medical treatment.

During the visit, weeks before his death, Abu Hamdiyeh said he had only been given painkillers to treat his cancer. He could not sleep, stand or walk, and prison doctors had refused his request for medicine to improve his appetite.

The lawyer said Abu Hamdiyeh appeared tired and weak and could hardly speak. Another detainee had to relay what Abu Hamdiyeh was saying as he was barely audible.

Abu Hamdiyeh told the lawyer that he went to prison doctors in Ramon jail in August with severe throat ache and swollen lymphatic and salivary glands. The doctor prescribed him antibiotic medication without doing any medical tests.

He was later given a flu shot which increased his chest pain, but the doctor again refused to investigate his condition. more

Israel breaks ceasefire in bombing of Gaza Strip

Hamas militants hold a symbolic coffin of the prisoner who died of cancer while in Israeli detention, on April 2. (AFP/Mohammad Abed) GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, causing damage but no injuries, in the first airstrike on the enclave since a November ceasefire.

Two airstrikes hit a tile factory in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, east of Gaza City, and farm land in Beit Lahiya in the north, locals said.

The raids were the first since Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Nov. 21 to end an 8-day war on the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said the two attacks were in response to rocket fire from the enclave. more