Israeli Occupation returns body of prisoner who died in custody last September

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BETHLEHEM, February 20 – The Israeli occupation authorities yesterday handed over the body of Palestinian prisoner Daoud al-Khatib, who died while in the occupation jails, last September, to his family in the city of Bethlehem, south of the occupied West Bank.

Al-Khatib, 45, died of a heart attack in the occupation detention facility of Ofer, west of Ramallah, on September 2, only a few months before the end of his 18-year sentence.

According to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Khatib had a heart attack in 2017 in Israeli jails and underwent an open-heart surgery shortly thereafter, but the dismal health conditions in prison combined with medical negligence by the Israel Prison Services have contributed to the deterioration of his health until his death.

Al-Khatib lost his parents while he was in prison. He was detained in 2001 for committing acts of resistance against Israeli occupation. 

Seven hundred Palestinian prisoners 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 prisoners and their families.

Israeli occupation is holding the bodies of 235 Palestinian martyrs.