Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Fahmi Shqeirat, reported that detainee Salama Mohammad Rashaida, 30, from Bethlehem, lost his sight as a result of torture in Asqalan detention.

Shqeirat stated that the detainee was recently repeatedly interrogated for 40 hours each time, until he body collapsed and lost his sight.

In spite of his shouts and screams that he lost his sight, soldiers accused him of lying and placed him in a small dark cell.

So far, prison administration is rejecting to enable a doctor examine Rashaida.

Rashaida was arrested on May 7, 2005, when soldiers broke into his home after firing rounds of live ammunition at it, causing damage.

Following his arrest, Rashaida was transferred to Asqalan detention and was charged of weapon trafficking.

Detainee Rashaida was suffering of pain in his eyes before he was arrested, which led to further complications as a result of continuous torture during interrogation.

Lawyer Shqeirat appealed international humanitarian organizations, and the Red Cross to interfere and practice pressures on the Israeli prison authorities in order to transfer the detainee to a hospital for medical treatment and attention.