The condition of cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee, Nasser Abu Hmeid has deteriorated significantly, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said on Wednesday.

The PPS stated that Nasser Abu Hmeid, 49, has been in a coma since Tuesday at the Israeli Barzilai hospital, where he has been for five days following a serious fever.

Abu Hmeid has been found to have a severe lung infection and is currently on artificial respiration, in critical condition.

In August of 2021, after complaints of severe chest pain, Abu Hmeid was diagnosed with a lung tumor and on October 19, 2021, he underwent surgery to remove a lung tumor that was 10 cm in diameter.

He was transferred back to Ashkelon prison and later began chemotherapy, leaving him at an elevated risk for recurrent infections.

Abu Hmeid, from the Al-Amari camp, east of Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank, was detained in 2002 and sentenced to seven life sentences plus 50 years.

Furthermore, the family home has been demolished five times, four of his brothers are in Israeli prisons, while a fifth brother was shot dead by soldiers in 1994.

~ Palestine Online, WAFA
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