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Cancer-stricken Palestinian detainee dies in Israeli custody

Nasser Abu Hamid, jailed by Israel since 2002, died on Tuesday morning following a battle with cancer. Palestinian rights groups accuse Israel of negligence.
Palestinians take part in a demonstration demanding the release of Nasser Abu Hamid, a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel who has cancer, Ramallah, West Bank, Sept. 21, 2022.

Palestinian officials announced early Tuesday morning the death of Palestinian detainee Nasser Abu Hamid. He had been charged with a life sentence and held in an Israeli prison since 2002.

Abu Hamid, 50 years old, gathered wide online support with #SaveNasser trending on Twitter since September. He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2021. The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission and several Palestinian rights groups are holding Israel responsible for Abu Hamid’s death and accusing it of medical negligence. The Israel Prison Service rejects the accusation insisting that Abu Hamid received proper care.

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