West Bank, ALRAY - Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails suffers from Crohn's disease and subjected to medical negligence in Israeli jails, commission of detainees and ex-detainees' affairs revealed Sunday.
The commission explained that in a statement that the sick prisoner Ibrahim Khalil Al-Bitar, 39, a resident of Khan Yunis southern Gaza Strip, who has been detained since 2003, and sentenced to 17 years , suffers from a globally rare disease called "Crohn's Disease" that affects 1 of 25 million people.
The commission hold Israel the whole responsibility for the life of Al-Bitar detainee since he is neither able to sleep nor to eat due to severe pain in his abdomen.
It explained that the military doctor in IPS did not diagnose the detainee correct and gave him inappropriate medication that deteriorated his health conditions and caused him to lose weight from 75 to 50 kg, and his blood ratio decreased to 8, causing him anemia.
Al-Bitar was injured before being detained and lost sight in his right eye, and suffers problems in his left eye. He was detained in his way back from Egypt in 2003. He just take pain killers and some antibiotic that does not work.
The commission called on Arab and international human rights organizations to exert pressure on Israel to save the lives of patient detainees in Israeli jails, and bind it to the provisions of the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law.
The occupation authorities detain approximately 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, distributed in 23 detention centers, among them 180 children, 43 detainees, 500 administrative detainees (detainees without charge), and 1,800 patients, including 700 in need of urgent medical intervention.
Prisoners suffer from the lack of periodic laboratory tests and x-rays, and the lack of medical staff treated by the prison administration in light of preventing the entry of specialized medical teams from the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the failure to provide the necessary treatments or perform surgical operations for the prisoners, according to the commission.