13 cancer patients held in Israeli occupation jails 17Jun12 June 17, 2012

The Palestinian Information Centre  -  16 June 2012

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said that 13 prisoners in the Israeli jails suffer from different forms of cancer and are in real danger due to the Israeli prison service’s disregard of their condition.

The Center’s spokesman, Riad Ashkar, said in a statement on Friday, “The lives of the prisoners living with cancer in the occupation jails are in danger, due to the seriousness of their health condition, in addition to not receiving the appropriate medical treatment.”

He added, “The occupation offers them only what keeps them alive,” noting that as soon as the prisoner’s disease reaches an advanced stage and his death is imminent, the prison administration releases him to die outside the prison walls so that it would not be held responsible for his death.

The Center called on all international institutions and bodies, particularly the World Health Organization, and Doctors without Borders, to urgently send medical committees to visit the prisons and see for themselves the situation of patient prisoners who are exposed to slow death, and to intervene immediately to save their lives.

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