Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PSS), Hanan Khatib, has reported that the health conditions of two Palestinian detainees have sharply deteriorated, due to lack of adequate and specialized medical care.Khatib visited detainee Mo’tasem Raddad at the Ma’er Israeli hospital, after he was moved there, following a serious health setback.

He held the Israeli Prison Administration responsible for this deterioration, and said that Raddad has been seriously ill, suffering from gastrointestinal cancer, and internal bleeding, yet, was not provided any specialized medical treatment.

“The distance between Hadarim prison and the Ramla Hospital is less than one hour”, Khatib said. “But it took the ambulance nearly eight hours.”

He added that the physicians at the Ramla Hospital decided to release Raddad, at approximately 6:30 in the morning, and he was moved back to the Hadarim Prison.

“Once he was moved back to Hadarim, he suffered serious health complications, and was then moved to the Ma’er Hospital”, Khatib added, “Now, he is in a stable, but serious condition”.

It is worth mentioning that a medical committee will see Raddad on January 9 2014, to discuss an early release request, due to his bad health condition.

As for the health condition of detainee Mansour Moqada, Khatib said that Moqada suffers with cancer and various health complications, especially after having to wait several hours before being admitted to the hospital.

He was moved, last Sunday, from Hadarim Prison to the Ramla Hospital for the chemotherapy he receives once every four weeks.

“Moqada was moved to hospital in an ordinary car, not an ambulance, and had to wait in the car for a long time”, Khatib added, “He was admitted at 10 PM, was given chemical therapy, but suffered internal bleeding, sharp pain, and high blood pressure”.

Out of more than 5,000 detainees, there are currently 1,400 Palestinian detainees suffering with several health conditions, including 150 with cancer, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

Most of the detainees who suffer with serious health conditions are held at the Ramla Prison clinic, which lacks basic supplies and specialized physicians.