The Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Manasra, 20, started suffering psychological disorder due to the tough torture he was subjected to since his detention at the age of 13, family sources revealed in a statement released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
Detained in 2015, Manasra was subjected to severe torture and difficult detention conditions, worsening his psychological condition after he lost his closest friend and cousin during his arrest.
In a statement, Manasra’s family said that he was violently beaten during his detention when he was just 13, leading to a fracture in his skull.
The family added that he needs a proper and professional diagnosis, treatment with appropriate medications and an end to his isolation.
His family, lawyers and human rights groups have long tried to to check on his health situation.
After many failed attempts, a psychiatrist was allowed to visit him and found that he suffers from a psychological disorder as a result of the violence, isolation and oppression he is subjected to in Israeli prisons.
The psychiatrist reiterated that his isolation in a narrow cell and the Israeli ban on family visits were a major reason for his difficult psychological situation.
Manasra is still suffering from severe headaches and chronic and acute pains all over his body, the family quoted the psychiatrist as saying.
The family also pointed out that he was denied from receiving the adequate medical treatment to his health situation.
In October 2015, Manasra and his 15-year-old cousin Hassan Khalid Manasra were detained for allegedly being involved in an attack against Israeli soldiers in occupied Jerusalem.
During the attack, Hassan was shot dead at the scene by Israeli forces, while Ahmad was deliberately hit by a police car and seriously wounded.
He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment before being reduced to 10 years in 2017.
Leaked video footage showed Manasra being abused by Israeli officers during his interrogation at the age of 13.