West Bank, ALRAY - Sick Palestinian detainees have announced an open-ended hunger strike in protest at their inhumane detention conditions and a deliberate medical negligence policy adopted by the Israeli occupation authorities against them.
The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs explained that the sick detainees held in the Al-Ramla prison clinic have asked for adequate medical care multiple times but the Israeli occupation prison service refused to heed their demands.
The Israeli occupation prison authority refuses to allow sick detainees to conduct regular medical tests and go for checks by external doctors, the Commission added.
Around 15 critically-ill detainees are being held in the under-equipped Ramla prison clinic, notoriously dubbed as the "slaughterhouse" by Palestinian detainees, where they are suffering from deliberate medical negligence and are being denied their right to access proper medical treatment.
The Israeli occupation is holding around 4,900 Palestinian detainees, including 34 women, nearly 160 children, and around 700 sick detainees, in harsh and inhumane conditions in its prisons, according to Palestinian prisoners' rights organizations.