Days of Palestine

Sunday, January 29

Cancer-Stricken Detainee Abu Hamid Falls into Deep Coma

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In a statement, the Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs stated that Palestinain cancer-stricken prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid fell into a deep coma on Sunday evening, December 18.

The Palestinain prisoner Abu Hamid fell into a deep coma which constituted the most dangerous phase of his illness, Ministry added.

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs stressed that the health condition of Palestinain prisoner Abu Hamid severely deteriorated as he has been taking painkillers in larger doses.

“Prisoner Abu Hamid suffers from breathing difficulties and was kept under artificial respiration,” lawyer Karim Ajwa told the commission after visiting him at Ramleh prison clinic.

He added that Abu Hamid couldn’t speak or recognize him.

The health condition of the prisoner Abu Hamid, 49, began to deteriorate since August 2021, as he suffered from pain in the chest and was detected with a cancerous tumor in the lungs.

In this context, the Israeli hospital of ‘Asaf Harofeh’ abdicated its medical responsibility for the cancer-stricken prisoner, Nasser Abu Hamid, recommending his immediate release due to his sharply deteriorated health condition.  

Nasser, who hails from the Al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, has been detained since 2002 and sentenced to seven life sentences and 50 years.

Nasser Abu Hamid’s brother, Naji, clarified on September 9 that his brother is dying slowly due to medical negligence, pointing out that the latest medical report calling for his immediate release was disregarded by the IOF. 

Israeli Occupation uses deliberate medical negligence as a common punitive measure against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

600 sick Palestinian detainees have been held in the Israeli occupation jails, including 23 cancer-stricken prisoners. 

73 Palestinian prisoners lost their lives inside Israeli occupation prisons since 1967 due to a systematic policy of deliberate medical negligence, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club.