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Palestine: 62 percent of segregation wall completed, more olive trees destroyed & inappropriate medication prescribed for captives

OCHA: 62 percent of segregation wall completed

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israel has completed approximately 62 percent of the segregation wall’s route, a further 10 percent is under construction and 28 percent is intended for construction, according to a report issued by the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in the occupied Palestinian lands (OCHA).

The wall’s total length (constructed and projected) is approximately 720 kilometers, more than twice the length of the 1949 armistice (green) line.

The wall consists of concrete walls, fences, ditches, razor wire, sand paths, surveillance systems, patrol roads, and a buffer zone.

The report affirmed that some 85 percent of the wall’s route runs inside the West Bank, rather than along the green line, and if it was to be completed as planned, the wall would isolate about nine percent of the West Bank, including east Jerusalem.


Jewish settlers destroy dozens of olive trees

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers from Yitzhar settlement chopped down dozens of Palestinian olive trees south of Nablus on Friday.

Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of monitoring Israeli settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that the settlers destroyed around 70 olive trees in Khirbat Al-Teira in between Burin and Hawara villages.

He said that the settlers used chainsaws to cut down the olive trees, describing the attack as a new crime against olive fields in Nablus province especially in the southern rural areas.


Prisoner society: Barghouthi’s health worsened further

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Palestinian prisoner society said that the health condition of Jordanian hunger striker Abdullah Barghouthi has deteriorated further and his arms suffered severe inflammations.

Lawyer of the society Jawad Boles stated on Friday that the injections left clear inflammatory marks on his arms, noting that Barghouthi suffers from abnormalities in his liver, kidneys and other vital organs.

Boles added that the Israeli doctors also had to stop providing him with fluids through his veins and all he has is only water.

He affirmed that despite the seriousness of his health condition, the Israeli jailers insist on keeping his right hand and leg shackled to the hospital bed.

In a related incident, many Palestinians from the 1948 occupied lands and foreign activists participated on Friday in a sit-in outside Megiddo prison in solidarity with the Jordanian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

The protestors held pictures of the hunger strikers and banners calling for supporting the cause of the Jordanian prisoners.

Different sit-ins were supposed to take place outside the hospitals of Afula, Kfar Saba and Ramla where the Jordanian hunger strikers are being held, but because of Israeli restrictions, the protestors had to change the place of their protest and rally to a new location outside Megiddo prison.

For her part, Miya Hameed, spokeswoman for freedom for Palestinian and Arab prisoners coalition, said that the coalition in cooperation with the prisoner committee launched a campaign to raise the issue of the hunger strikers, especially the Jordanians, in order to save their lives and pressure the Israeli regime to respond to their demands.


Israeli doctors prescribe inappropriate medication for captives

GAZA, (PIC)– Prisoners’ Center for Studies said on Saturday that patient prisoners in Israeli jails complain about the medical neglect and lack of medicines even for patients with chronic diseases.

The center said in a statement that “the prisoners suffering chronic diseases do not trust medicines prescribed by the prison doctor, due to reports confirming that drugs are being tested on prisoners, in addition to the lack of confidence in the prison doctor who deliberately harm the prisoners.”

The Center charged that the martyrdom of patient prisoners proves the policy of medical neglect against the captives.

It pointed out that prescribing inappropriate medication for prisoners in Israeli jails had never ceased and called for raising the issue before the international medical institutions and human rights organizations.


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