The Palestinian prisoner Professor Esam al-Ashkar suffered a stroke on Friday morning that worsened his already weak health condition in Israeli jails.
Ashkar's wife reportedly said that her husband suffered a stroke during his stay at Raymond prison's hospital, expressing concern over his health condition which she described as very bad.
Ashkar suffers from many diseases and had previously gone through dangerous health deterioration in Israeli jails due to the absence of appropriate treatment and the Israeli authorities' insistence on detaining him.
Ashkar is a lecturer and a professor of physics at al-Najah University. He was arrested and administratively detained several times. The last time he was arrested was on 24th November 2016.
Professor Esam al-Ashkar was born in Saida town in Tulkarem province, and he is a father of five boys and a girl. After he graduated from high school with great success, he started to study physics at Yarmouk University in Jordan.
Ashkar received his bachelor's degree in 1980 and a scholarship for master's study in the same specialization in the University of Jordan in 1982 where he worked as assistant professor. He finally moved to work as a lecturer at al-Najah University in Nablus between the years of 1982-1984.