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PPS: Palestinian prisoner facing medical neglect in solitary confinement

March 29, 2017 6:29 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2017 12:36 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Prisons Service (IPS) has continued to hold an injured Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Amid Nassar in solitary confinement for nearly two months without providing him with proper medical treatment, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported on Wednesday.

A PPS lawyer who visited Nassar in his confinement sell reported that the prisoner had been assaulted four times by IPS officials during his solitary confinement period, adding that Nassar was also assaulted by IPS officials before being transferred to solitary confinement on Feb. 1.

According to the lawyer, Nassar was still suffering from pains in his chest, knees and right hand, and has yet to be given proper medical treatment for his injuries.

The lawyer also said that Nassar was being held in a cell of a 2 by 3.5 square meter space with a closed window, and a toilet in poor condition. IPS has also banned visits and all forms of communication between Nassar and his family.

An IPS spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Hundreds of sick and injured Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, with rights groups widely condemning Israel for its medical negligence of Palestinian detainees, which prisoners rights group Addameer has called a "deliberate policy of neglect."

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