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Israel denies cancer-stricken Palestinian prisoner access to badly-needed medical care: NGO

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinian prisoner Abdul-Basit Muatan.

Israel has deprived a cancer-stricken Palestinian prisoner of badly-needed medical care, an advocacy group says.

In a report, carried by Palestine’s official Wafa news agency, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Sunday that Palestinian prisoner Abdul-Basit Muatan, who suffers from cancer, is prevented from having access to desperately-needed medical care.

The PPS added that the medical condition of Muatan, who is behind bars in Ofer Prison, has exacerbated due to the prevention, calling for urgent action to ensure his access to the necessary healthcare before it is too late.

The Palestinian inmate, who has been detained since October 25, had undergone a number of surgeries prior to his detention, including a surgical removal of part of his colon.

However, the advocacy group said that it was later found that cancer cells were not completely removed during the operation meaning that cancer has most probably spread across his body.  

The PPS called for Muatan’s immediate release from Israeli detention, since “he is in prison without charge or trial under Israel’s so-called administrative detention policy.”

In conclusion, the advocacy group held the Israeli regime fully responsible for the lives of the sick prisoners, particularly Muatan, due to depriving them their right to healthcare.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of them have apparently been incarcerated under the "administrative detention". Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

Israeli settlers desecrate al-Aqsa mosque under Israeli police protection

Separately on Sunday, nearly 120 Israeli settlers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds under the protection of the regime’s forces.

According to the Palestinian Information Center, settlers desecrated the mosque in several groups through Maghariba Gate under tight protection from the Israeli police, who imposed movement restrictions on Muslim worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque’s entrances and gates.

During their tours, some settlers provocatively performed Talmudic prayers.

The report added that Israeli security forces also detained three employees of the Islamic Awqaf from their workplace at the Aqsa Mosque.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Jewish visitation of al-Aqsa is permitted, but according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government in the wake of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, non-Muslim worship at the compound is prohibited.

Palestinians want the occupied West Bank as part of their future independent state with East al-Quds as its capital. 


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