Days of Palestine – Ramallah
Nasser Abu Hmeid, a critically ill Palestinian freedom fighter held in Israel, is in a coma for the third week due to acute pneumonia, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission said today.
Abu Hmeid, 49, from Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, entered into a coma about three weeks ago after suffering a severe inflammation of the lungs as a result of bacterial contamination.
Yesterday, Abu Hmeid’s brother, Naji, said the Israel Prison Services has not allowed anyone, including family members, the Red Cross, or political figures, from visiting his critically ill brother in Israeli detention.
Minister Hussein al-Sheikh, Head of the Civil Affairs Commission in the Palestinian Authority, also said yesterday in a tweet that the Israeli government had rejected a request he officially made to visit Abu Hmeid to check on his health condition. He held the Israeli government fully responsible for his life while calling on international organizations to pressure Israel to release him.
Earlier this month, the family of Abu Hmeid appealed to all parties of concern to take urgent and effective action to save the life of their son, as well as on the masses of our people to continue their popular support to press the occupation to release him as he’s facing an imminent risk of death.
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The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission had also urged all human rights and international institutions to urgently intervene and pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to release the Abu Hamid, who is battling cancer.
The Commission warned that the prisoner Abu Hamid was battling death as a result of his suffering from the consequences of a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in the lungs he underwent last October, when the occupation then returned him to the prison before he recovered.