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Palestinian prisoner suffering from cancer at risk of death

Oct. 6, 2018 5:19 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2018 2:11 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Head of the Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners' Affairs Committee, Qadri Abu Bakr, held the Israeli government responsible, on Saturday, for failing to provide treatment to a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Rajai Abed al-Qader, 35, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Abu Bakr said that "Rajai is suffering from cancer in the liver and lungs, and his condition is very serious," stressing that he must receive chemotherapy treatment immediately.

He pointed out that the Neqev prison administration (where Rajai is being held) has refused to do so for two months, warning that Rajai's condition is very critical and is at risk of death.

Abu Bakr called upon local and international human rights organizations to pressure Israel to immediately release Rajai, for him to receive the necessary treatment.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,781 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, 217 prisoners have died in Israeli custody since 1967, following the death of Palestinian who died after being brutally assaulted during his detention by Israeli forces in September; 75 of the total 217 prisoners were executed after detention, 72 died of torture, 62 of "medical neglect" and seven were “directly shot and killed by Israeli soldiers and guards inside jails and detention centers."
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