Lawyer: Sick prisoner Ahmad Saed al-Damouni from Gaza stops taking medication

Maan News Agency | April 21, 2013


210986_345x230[1]RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A sick prisoner on Sunday stopped taking medication in protest against Israeli medical negligence, according to a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs.

Ahmad Saed al-Damouni, 43, from the Gaza Strip, has been held in Ashkelon jail since 1994. He is sentenced to a life term.

On Sunday, a lawyer said al-Damouni stopped taking medication in protest against Israeli medical negligence.

Karim Ajwa, a lawyer for the prisoners ministry, said al-Damouni suffers from heart problems and underwent two cardiac operations. Doctors say he needs catheter surgery each year.

Ajwa says Israeli authorities recommended surgery to remove a growth on the prisoner’s right hand four years ago, but the surgery has thus far not been scheduled.

He accused doctors at Ashkelon prison of dragging their feet and said he would stop taking medication in protest.

On Thursday, Israel freed a sick prisoner named Mohammad al-Taj after he carried out two long-term hunger strikes, on health grounds.

He was transferred to intensive care at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

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