Ramallah, ALRAY - Cancer-stricken Palestinian prisoner Muwaffaq Arouq, 77, is currently being held at Barzilai Medical Center amid a critical and serious deterioration to his health status, said Commission of Detainees’ Affairs.
The commission pointed out, in a press statement on Sunday, that serious complications aggravated the health status of prisoner Arouq, that involve severe pains, high temperature, weight loss, and inability to eat or drink.
The commission added that the prisoner is now receiving food through a feeding tube inserted into his stomach.
It noted that the prison medical staff discovered last July that prisoner Arouq is diagnosed with a liver and stomach cancer.
However, the commission went on to say, the prison administration had been procrastinating admitting him to hospital for receiving his chemotherapy drugs until last October, which led to a deterioration in his health status.
It indicated that prisoner Arouq underwent early this month a surgery to remove his stomach in addition to a cancerous tumor in his intestines, pointing out that he is still in need of specialized medical follow-up.
Prisoner Arouq was detained in 2003 and is now serving a sentence of 30 years in prison. He is among at least 10 Palestinian prisoners who suffer from cancer.
According to Palestinian figures, about 5,700 Palestinians, including 48 women and 250 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.