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Former Jerusalem governor dead after soldiers delay ambulance

Nov. 23, 2008 12:54 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2008 12:54 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - A former governor of Jerusalem died of an apparent heart attack as his ambulance was delayed at an Israeli checkpoint en route to a hospital, relatives told Ma'an on Sunday.

The 63-year-old former Jerusalem governor, Jamil Othman Nasser, died Saturday evening after Israeli soldiers at the Az-Zaitouna checkpoint refused his ambulance, which was en route to Al-Maqassid Hospital.

The ambulance driver alternatively drove him to Abu Dis University Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival by medical officials receiving him, relatives confirmed.

He will be laid to rest on Monday at the Al-Eizariya Cemetery.

Nasser was the first governor of Jerusalem since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority 14 years ago. He was a member of the National Council and head of the Agricultural Society in Jericho, as well as an influential member of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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