The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission in the Palestinian Authority has expressed its concern about the deteriorating health condition of cancer-stricken Palestinian prisoner Hussein Masalma, 37-year-old, from Bethlehem, who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The authority stated in a statement, issued on Monday, that the prisoner Maslama was suffering in the previous period from severe pains in the abdomen, but the administration of the detainee did not care about his condition and extended his transfer to the hospital, to receive treatment. It was found that he had leukemia later on.
It added that the prisoner Masalma is currently inside the Israeli "Soroka" hospital, and he was transferred a few days ago to receive the first sessions of chemotherapy, noting that there are currently nearly 700 sick prisoners inside the occupation prisons, among whom 300 are suffering from chronic diseases.
The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the occupation prisons until the end of December 2020 reached about 4400 prisoners, of whom 40 were female prisoners, while the number of children and minors in the occupation prisons reached about 170 children, and the number of administrative detainees reached about 380, while the number of the prisoners martyrs reached 226.
While the number of prisoners killed by the occupation through deliberate medical negligence (slow killing), which is part of a consistent and systematic policy, has reached 71 since 1967.