MP Attoun suffered heart failure in abduction

[ 29/09/2011 – 10:07 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Palestinian MP Ahmed Attoun said he suffered “severe trauma” when he was abducted Monday by Israeli occupation undercover soldiers as medics in Bikur Holim hospital have discovered signs of heart failure.

Attoun said Wednesday in a statement leaked by his lawyer that scattered bruises covered his body after a paramilitary unit took sudden grip of his neck and cuffed his hands back in an abduction operation at the Jerusalem Red Cross.

A doctor at the Moscobiya detention center, where Attoun is being held, was concerned with Attoun’s condition and transferred him to Bikur Holim hosptial where medics said he suffered heart failure as a result of the abduction.

Attoun’s condition is especially worrying as it was the first time he had suffered serious heart problems and he was taking medication for signs of diabetes that appeared before the apprehension, said Attoun’s lawyer.

Attoun held the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) responsible for his current health crisis and called on the International Red Cross (ICRC) to follow up on his medical condition and to petition for an indictment to be filed against the Israeli authorities responsible for the abduction.

The MP also expressed shock that the ICRC had not visited him yet after he had been seeking asylum at its Jerusalem headquarters from the Israeli authorities for almost a year and a half.

Attoun asserted that silence over his abduction would encourage the IOA to repeat the act against two other Palestinian politicians Mohammed Totah and Khalid Abu Arafeh who have also been sheltering at the ICRC for over a year after the IOA revoked the men’s right of residence in their hometown of Jerusalem.

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