Cancer-stricken prisoner Nasser Abu Hmeid loses ability to eat

RAMALLAH, Nasser Abu Hmeid, a Palestinian patient of cancer serving a life sentence in Israeli jails, has lost his ability to eat as well as lost significant weight as a result of the spread of cancer in his body, today said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).


PPS said recent medical reports suggest rapid deterioration of Abu Hmeid’s health condition, as he is only provided with painkillers after the doctors decided to stop his chemotherapy.


Abu Hmeid, 49, from Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, entered into a coma earlier this year after suffering a severe inflammation of the lungs as a result of bacterial contamination.


In August, the PLO Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission said a tumour detected in Abu Hmeid’s head was a result of Israeli Prisoner Service’s failure to deal with his health condition at an earlier stage, and that he was supposed to undergo a CT scan of the head and abdomen and a biopsy again due to his worsening health condition.


The family of Abu Hmeid has been appealing to all parties of concern to take urgent and effective action to save the life of their son, as well as on the masses of our people to continue their popular support to press the occupation to release him as he’s facing an imminent risk of death.


The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission had also urged all human rights and international institutions to urgently intervene and pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to release the Abu Hamid, who is battling cancer.


Abu Hmeid is one of five siblings serving life sentences in Israeli prisons for their activism in the resistance of the Israeli occupation of their homeland. He has been imprisoned since 2002, and is serving seven life sentences and an additional 50 years behind bars.


Source: Palestine News & Info Agency