Israeli Prison Service accused of causing death on Palestinian prisoner

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The Palestinian Prisoner Society on Sunday has accused the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) of medical neglect that caused the death of 53 year old prisoner, Aziz Ewesat from Jabal Al-Mukabber neighbourhood, East Jerusalem.

The prisoner, who was serving a 30-year sentence, died on Sunday at an Israeli hospital, following serious deterioration on his health. The PPS accused the Israel Prison Services of medical neglect after Ewesat has suffered several complications following a severe lung failure and pneumonia.

According to WAFA news agency, Ewesat was admitted to a hospital in Israel where he was kept on life support machines until he was declared dead.

PPS said the Israeli authorities kept Ewesat in prison and refused calls to release him to get medical treatment despite their knowledge of the seriousness of his health.

Ewesat was arrested in 2014 on charges of attempting to blow up a pipeline supplying gas to the settlement of Armon Hanatzif, built on expropriated Jabal al-Mukabber land.

At one point in May, Oweisat, who had health problems at his arrest, was severely beaten by prison guards for pouring hot water on a fellow prison guard, causing Oweisat serious injuries all over his face and body.

He had a heart attack on May 9 while he was kept at Ramle prison clinic. He was taken after that to Asaf Harofeh hospital in Israel where he remained until his death.