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Plight of Prisoner Yusri Atia Mohammed Al-Masri

Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs highlights plight of prisoner Yusri Atia Mohammed Al-Masri

July 28, 20120 comments

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs

The Israeli prison service refuses to provide medication, or allow a doctor to examine and conduct necessary diagnostic medical tests, for Palestinian prisoner Yusri Al-Masri, sentenced to 20 years in Nafha prison under very difficult conditions, and who is suffering from several ailments.

Al-Masri’s mothers Hajjeh Sbeita, who this week was one of the second batch of prisoners’ families permitted to visit their sons for the first time in six years, confirms that her son’s medical condition is very serious. She said she could not recognize him when she first saw him through the glass divider because he looked very pale and sick, and she couldn’t be sure that it was her son until she spoke with him using the external handset.

She added that her son looked very pale and thin. She said he can not move, and complains of continuous pain in the stomach and chest. He also suffers from high temperatures and dizziness, numbness in his limbs so that he is not able to stand or walk, blurred vision, different coloured bodily secretions, fetid breath, fainting spells, and rapid heartbeats.

Yusri participated with his fellow prisoners in the April-June hunger strike to demand the rights denied them by the Israeli prison service, and he refused to end his hunger strike because of his illness. The Israeli prison service has been subjecting him to mistreatment, and has refused to allow a doctor to examine him or to allow his lawyer to visit him to witness his medical condition. Al-Masri has continued to be subjected to torture, and when he was transferred to the Ramle prison clinic Israeli soldiers beat and abused him during the trip, which resulted in him not demanding to go to hospital for fear of being subjected to further torture and beatings.

Translated by Mukarram AbuAlouf
Revised by JWP


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