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‘Israel’ releases critically ill Palestinian prisoner after serving 20-year sentence

Israeli occupation authorities have released today a Palestinian prisoner who was diagnosed with leukemia and reported to be in critical condition after serving 20-year sentence, according to the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees.

The spokesman for the Commission Hassan Abed Rabbo told WAFA that Hussein Masalmeh, 39 years old, from the town of al-Khader, near Bethlehem, was uncuffed and left in his hospital bed as the Israeli prison guards watching him has also left the hospital.

Masalmeh was recently moved from prison to an Israeli hospital following serious deterioration on his health.

The Israeli occupation authorities yesterday issued an order to free Masalmeh, who is believed to have only a few days to live following serious deterioration of his health after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Masalmeh was arrested in 2002 for resisting the occupation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Abed Rabbo said Masalmeh remains in very serious condition and is being kept in intensive care at the Israeli hospital in a semi-coma condition with severe pain all over his body.

The Commission is considering moving him to a Palestinian hospital so that his family can be with him, he said.

According to the Palestinian statics, 4500 Palestinians have been imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 37 women, 140 children and 45 held in administrative detention.

Israeli occupation detained 456 Palestinians during this January, including 93 minors and 8 women.

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