IPS refuses to remove Palestinian prisoner’s tumor

27/03/2011 – 04:38 PM

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has refused to remove a cancerous growth from a Palestinian man held in the Gilboa prison, the Tadhamon international rights group has reported.

Tariq al-Aasi from the Balata refugee camp east of Nablus was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago and has since suffered from a lack of hemoglobin and weight loss, Tadhamon researcher Ahmed al-Beitawi said.

The Afula Hospital has confirmed that Aasi has developed cancer and initially advised him that it would remove the tumor, but that decision was later retracted without apparent reason.

Aasi has been serving a 20-year sentence in Israeli prisons since 2005, and has been banned from visits with family for alleged security purposes. His brother Osama is also jailed in Israeli prisons and is serving eight and a half years.

His mother has called on the Palestinian prisoner affairs ministry and rights groups to help provide medical treatment for her son. She has not seen him in the past three years.


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