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Palestinian detainee loses memory after release from Israeli occupation prison
Palestinian detainee loses memory after release from Israeli occupation prison
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West Bank, ALRAY - The family of Palestinian detainee 26-year-old Basil Ali Ayaida, who was released on Friday evening from Israeli occupation jails, were shocked by his mental and physical condition.


Ayaida was less than 15 years old when the Israeli occupation detained him. According to his family, he suffers from memory loss and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and cannot speak.


His uncle, Aziz Ayaida, explained that his nephew had been subjected to various forms of severe torture and had been held in solidity confinement for about seven years, which aggravated his mental and physical condition to a large extent.


Basil’s behaviours prove that he was put under intense psychological pressure during his isolation, Aziz added, noting that his nephew does not recognise any of his family members.


He continued: “When we ask him [Basil] to raise his head, he refuses fearing that he would be hit as that was the case throughout the past years of his solitary confinement.”


Aziz held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for his nephew's deteriorating mental and physical health, especially as his family was banned from meeting him during his imprisonment.


He pointed out that Basil’s mother was allowed to see him about a year ago. During the five-minute visit, he did not talk at all.


Basil is set to undergo exams to diagnose his condition in order to start his treatment.


Human rights groups have long accused the Israeli occupation of torture and deliberate medical negligence against Palestinian detainees.


The Israeli occupation prison authority has recently intensified its use of solitary confinement, which is one of the most dangerous policies adopted against the Palestinian detainees.


The Israeli occupation is holding around 5,100 Palestinian detainees in inhumane conditions, including more than 1,200 under the so-called administrative detention without charge, according to a Palestinian prisoners’ rights group.