By Abimbola Ogunnaike
An advocacy group, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) announced on Friday, 10 February, 2023,that Palestinian prisoner, Ahmed Badr Abdullah Abu Ali, has died from medical complications he sustained during his time in Israeli detention centers.
The PPS in a statement said that Abu Ali, a resident of Yatta city in the south of the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, died at Soroka Medical Center on Friday morning, 10 February, 2023.
The 48-year-old Abu Ali, whose family said was suffering from chronic heart health failure, diabetes and obesity, was admitted to hospital after his health condition sharply deteriorated.
He was detained in 2012, and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The PPS held Israeli authorities fully responsible for Abu Ali’s death, and for the fate of all ill Palestinian prisoners being incarcerated at the regime’s detention centers, stating that his death represents yet another crime that the occupying Tel Aviv regime is systematically perpetrating against Palestinians.
The group denounced the Israel Prison Service over its policy of deliberate medical negligence, emphasizing that the practice has been behind the death of many Palestinian prisoners over the past few years.
The Palestinian Hamas Resistance Movement also mourned Abu Ali’s death, lamenting it as a blatant violation of all international principles and humanitarian rules.
Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanou said in a statement that his loss brings the number of Palestinian prisoners who have died in Israeli custody since 1967 to 235, stressing that the tragic event clearly points to the criminal and brutal mistreatment of the inmates.
Qanou also called on international human rights organizations and world bodies to break their silence and intervene in order to save the lives of Palestinian prisoners who are at imminent risk of death due to the policy of deliberate medical negligence.