Twelve Palestinian prisoners detained in the Ramleh Prison Clinic are facing critical health conditions amid deliberate medical negligence by the Israeli prison administration, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees.
The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees stated in a press release on Sunday, October 1, 2023, that the administration of Ramleh Prison is persistently violating the rights of sick prisoners detained within its walls.
Minimal Medical Care Provided
The Commission emphasized that the administration of Ramleh Prison deliberately neglects the severe health conditions of the prisoners, refraining from providing them with necessary medical treatment, and providing only painkillers and sedatives.
In addition, the Commission pointed out that 12 prisoners are currently held in critical health conditions inside the Ramleh Prison Clinic, requiring medical interventions to save their lives amid deliberate neglect by the prison administration.
The prisoners held in the Ramla Prison Clinic are Mansour Muqaddah, Mu’tasim Raddad, Iyad Ridwan, Samer Abu Diak, Nour Jarbu’, Aasif Rifa’i, Walid Daqqa, Bashar Zarour, Amir Atatrah, Mahmoud ‘Awawdeh, Ali Abu Kashk, and Sultan Khilaf.
Severe Health and Living Conditions
The Detainees Commission highlighted that the health conditions of the prisoners inside the “Ramla Prison Clinic” are among the most severe in the prisons.
It pointed out that they include gunshot victims, paralyzed individuals, and patients suffering from chronic diseases and malignant tumors for years.
It further noted that all the prisoners are detained under harsh living conditions and difficult detention circumstances, in addition to continuous medical violations that make them vulnerable to diseases.
The “Ramla Prison Clinic” permanently holds between 14 to 16 prisoners, all enduring harsh health and living conditions.
The clinic lacks the minimum humanitarian living conditions, as the prison is old and not suitable for sick prisoners who use wheelchairs.
Facilities like restrooms and bathrooms are insufficient, and there is no kitchen to prepare food inside the rooms or a designated area for female prisoners.
The prison also lacks modern equipment and devices, as the used equipment and devices are primitive and old, unsuitable for the conditions of the prisoners held in the clinic. Additionally, it lacks a specialized medical staff.
The Israeli occupation authorities currently detain nearly 5,000 Palestinians in their prisons, including 31 female prisoners, 160 children and minors, 700 patients, and 1,083 administrative detainees, according to official Palestinian data.