Cancer-stricken detainee refuses medicine over mistreatment

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Cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee Bassam al-Sayeh has been refusing to take medicine for eight days running in protest at the arbitrary and exhausting inter-prison transfers carried out by the Israeli prison authorities, his wife said .

Al-Sayeh’s wife, Mona Abu Bakr, said the Israeli prison authorities prevented her from visiting her husband in the Ramla jail under the pretext of the lack of prior coordination.

The wife added that her husband has been refusing to take medication for the eighth day running after he was transferred to the Ramla prison clinic.

She called for mobilizing solidarity campaigns in support for her cancer-stricken husband. Several human rights groups and lawyers raised the alarm over the striking health downturn rocking the body of prisoner Bassam al-Sayeh, held in Israeli detention for nearly one year.