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Minister: After prisoner death, Palestine must join ICC

April 3, 2013 12:02 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2013 5:22 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestine must join the International Criminal Court to stop Israel crimes against Palestinian prisoners, the PA minister for prisoners said Wednesday.

Qaraqe said Israel did not abide by international and humanitarian principles, and that Palestine must head to the ICC to protect Palestinians from Israel's "continuous crimes against humanity."

The minister's comments were made at a meeting in Hebron with the family of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a cancer-sufferer who died in Israeli custody on Tuesday after Israel rejected repeated calls and protests for his release.

The Palestinian Authority's attorney-general Abdul Ghani Oweiwi has ordered an autopsy on Abu Hamidiyeh's body.

Palestinian and Arab doctors will be present at the autopsy, which will be conducted at the Abu Dis Institute of Forensic Medicine, Qaraqe said, adding that Palestinians had a right to know what led to Abu Hamdiyeh's death on Tuesday.

Issa Qaraqe said the Palestinian side had information that Abu Hamdiyeh's cancer spread because he was given the wrong medication by Israeli authorities. He was given pain killers to treat his cancer, Qaraqe said.

He said the Israeli Prison Service had neglected Abu Hamdiyeh's medical condition for two years and did not provide treatment "until his last breath."

Abu Hamdiyeh was admitted to Israel's Soroka Hospital in late March.

A military funeral will be held for Abu Hamdiyeh in Hebron after noon prayers on Thursday.
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