Ramallah, ALRAY - Cancer-stricken former Palestinian detainee Hussein Masalma died on Wednesday after years of being denied access to proper health care in Israeli occupation prisons.
The Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs said that Masalma died after a long struggle with cancer.
The Israeli occupation authorities released Masalma, a 39-year-old resident of the occupied West Bank town of Al-Khader south of Bethlehem, on February 14 and moved him to Hadassah hospital in occupied Jerusalem.
Since late last year, Masalma's condition has dramatically deteriorated as he suffered from medical complications and pain for more than two months, during which the Israeli prison administration refused to transfer him to hospital.
When his condition became very serious, Masalma was moved to Hadassah hospital, where he was later diagnosed with end-stage leukaemia.
Masalma stayed at Hadassah hospital until September 13 before being transferred to Istishari Arab Hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
Detained in 2002 by the Israeli occupation forces, Masalma was sentenced to 20 years in prison, of which he served about 19 years.