On Sunday, the Palestinian Detainees Committee said that the health condition of the cancer-ridden detainee, Walid Daqqah, whom Israel has imprisoned for 38 years, is very serious.

Committee spokesperson Hasan Abed-Rabbu said Daqqah underwent lung surgery last Wednesday at the Israeli Barzelai Medical Center after suffering a serious health setback.

Abed-Rabbo added that the surgeons removed a large section of Daqqah’s right lung and that he is profoundly serious in the Intensive Care Unit.

He also said that there had been numerous efforts to secure his release to receive treatment at a hospital close to his family, but Israeli courts have denied all appeals.

Daqqah initially suffered a serious setback on March 20; on December 18, 2022, the detainee was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a bone marrow cancer that can lead to serious complications. In the year 2015, the detainee was diagnosed with Leukemia, a serious blood cancer.

The detainee, imprisoned in Asqalan Prison, requires constant monitoring and treatment for his lungs, kidneys, and blood and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Daqqah is from Baqa Al-Gharbiyya in the Triangle region and was taken prisoner on March 25, 1986.

He was first sentenced to 37 years in prison; in 2018, an Israeli court added two years to his sentence.