Palestinian prisoner at risk of losing his eyesight, family appeals for international support

adel-shanyourThe Palestinian Information Centre reported that the family of a Palestinian prisoner appealed to international human rights organizations to shoulder their responsibilities and take serious action to save captive Adel Shanyour, aged 64, who may lose his eyesight at any moment.

Shanyour family, from the town of Dhahiriya in the southern West Bank district of al-Khalil, called on Doctors Without Borders, the WHO and other human rights bodies concerned with Palestinian prisoners affairs to immediately intervene and exert pressure on the occupation to compel it to stop the deliberate policy of medical neglect against prisoners in its jails.

Captive Shanyour has lost sight in his right eye in 2009 in the Israeli jails, and now he started to have problems in his other eye and needs a surgery, while the prison administration continues to refuse to offer him the necessary treatment.

The occupation arrested the elderly man on November 21, last year, and directly moved him to the administrative detention. Shanyour had earlier served 12 years in the Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center reported that detainee Bahaa Hisham Sorour, from al-Khalil, has started five days ago an open hunger strike, in protest against his administrative detention.

Sorour, held in Ashkelon jail, is a liberated prisoner who spent five years in Israeli administrative detention. He was re-arrested on the 10th of this month.