[ 31/08/2009 – 11:54 AM ]
GAZA, (PIC)– Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy of the Palestinian speaker, appealed to the Palestinian resistance factions to uphold their demands for the release of prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
During his participation in the weekly protest held by prisoners’ families outside the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza, Dr. Bahar deplored Israel for prosecuting Palestinian children under age 18 and establishing special courts for them.
He said that these courts violate all international laws and the Geneva conventions, calling on the international community to intervene to terminate these courts.
In another related context, the family of prisoner Ra’ed Darabya, who is suffering from bone cancer, appealed on Monday to the Palestinian resistance factions and all officials in Gaza to include the name of their son in any prisoner swap deal.
The family said in a statement to the prisoners’ center for studies that their son Darabya told them on the phone that he underwent a surgery in March 2009 to remove two arteries around the spine, but now he feel paralyzed and cannot move the nerves of his feet.
The family confirmed that their son is now in a wheelchair and cannot move, adding that he had undergone six surgeries in his back before without any success which led to the emergence of his spinal bones and the erosion of his back.