Wounded Palestinian prisoners from Dheisheh camp remain jailed; Salhi dependent on artificial respiration

Raed al-Salhi

Wounded Palestinian prisoners Raed al-Salhi and Abdel-Aziz Arafa remain detained under the pretext of “completing interrogation” by the Ofer Military Court despite the fact that Salhi remains in critical condition and in a coma in the intensive care unit at Hadassah Hospital, relying on a ventilator to breathe. Meanwhile, Arafa is still recovering from surgery on his left foot.

Both Salhi and Arafa were wounded by Israeli occupation forces who invaded Dheisheh refugee camp and opened fire on the youths on 7 August. Arafa’s left leg and foot were broken and injured while Salhi’s stomach and thigh were seriously hurt.

Abdel-Aziz Arafa

Arafa had left his home at 4:30 am to head to work in Doha municipality, where he is a cleaner. He was shot with two bullets and was held in a military vehicle on the floor for half an hour before being brought to the hospital, noted his lawyer Karim Ajwa; Salhi has been unable to speak. Since the moment Arafa arrived at the hospital, he has been shackled to his bed despite his injuries.