Dozens of Palestinians participated Saturday evening, June 10, in a vigil in the city of Baqa Al-Gharbia, in 1948-occupied Palestinian territories, demanding the release of the sick detainee Walid Daqqa from Israeli prisons.
The participants raised banners with pictures of the detainee Daqqa and slogans like “Freedom for the detainee Walid Daqqa”, “The freedom of Walid is our demand”, “Walid must return to his family”, “Walid has ended his sentence”, and “The chain must be broken.”
The vigil was organized by the Palestinian captive national movement, at the request of Daqqa’s family, demanding his release and transfer to the hospital to receive the necessary medical treatments.
This stand was part of many activities in solidarity with Daqqa, the last of which was yesterday, Friday, at the entrance to Umm Al-Fahm, as Palestinians closed Street 65 in the Wadi Ara area.
The detainee Walid Daqqa, 60, was diagnosed with a rare type of bone marrow cancer several months ago and has been suffering successive health setbacks.
Like other Palestinian detainees, Daqqa, who was previously diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, has suffered from medical negligence during his 37 years in prison, which has worsened his health.
The number of sick Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons has increased to 750, including patients with chronic and serious diseases and 26 cancer patients, according to Wa’ed Association for Detainees and Ex-detainees.