Israel returns body of Palestine detainee

Feb 20,2021

The Palestinian detaineen, Daoud al-Khatib, died from deliberate medical negligence after suffering heart attack in Israeli jail.

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The body of Palestinian detainee, Daoud Al-Khatib, was received on Fridays' evening at the Mazmoreia military checkpoint in Bethlehem after being detained for nearly six months at a mortuary. 

Al-Khatib,45 years old, died in Israel’s Ofer jail, on Sept. 2, 2020, months before he was set to complete an 18-year sentence.

He suffered a heart attack in 2017 and underwent open-heart surgery. His situation worsened as a result of deliberate medical negligence by Israeli occupation authorities until his death.

Al-Khatib lost his parents while he was in jail.

Ceremonies will begin Saturday at the Church of the Nativity square with a military funeral.
Seven hundred Palestinian inmates are patients, 300 of which are suffering chronic diseases and facing medical neglect and repression.

There are 226 Palestinian detainees who have died in Israeli jails, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society, a group that advocates for detainees and their families.

Eight Palestinians, including two Gazans, have died inside Israeli jails and their bodies are still holding in Israeli jails. 

Among them is Anees Doleh, who died of a heart attack in the Ashkelon jail during a hunger strike in 1980.

Israel is holding the bodies of 235 Palestinian martyrs.