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Ministry: Man jailed in Gaza dies of meningitis

Feb. 8, 2013 10:05 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 9, 2013 10:09 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A man jailed by the Hamas government in Gaza died of meningitis on Friday morning, the interior ministry said.

Mahrous Fathi Nassar, 37, who was in police custody, was taken to the intensive car unity of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he died, ministry spokesman Ibrahim Salah said.

Rights groups have expressed alarm at the number of deaths inside Palestinian prisons.

The death of 52-year-old Atef Khamis Derbas in December, who was being held at Ansar prison in Gaza City for unpaid debts, prompted an official investigation.

Derbas' family strongly believe Atef died due to medical negligence and poor conditions in jail, according to rights group al-Haq.

On Oct. 16, 27-year-old Mohammad Said Al-Zaqzouq man died in police custody in Khan Younis, south Gaza.

Police said he had committed suicide, and a police source told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that officers gave him the blanket with which he later strangled himself.
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