The health of journalist Diaa al-Kahlout is seriously deteriorating, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has warned.
Kahlout, the Gaza bureau chief of The New Arab's Arabic Language Service Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, was one of dozens of men rounded up last week by the Israeli military in the northern Gaza Strip. Accused of belonging to Hamas, they were stripped down to their underwear, handcuffed and blindfolded.
Euro-Med has demanded his release and all those arbitrarily detained.
The rights group said it received news about Kahlout’s health from his family and released prisoners, who said he had been suffering from a chest infection and high blood pressure before his arrest.
According to former detainees, Kahlout was taken to the Zikim military base and interrogated over his journalistic work. He and other detainees were reportedly subject to torture and beatings, leading to life-threatening health complications.