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Young Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail

Nov. 5, 2013 8:36 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 1:02 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoner Hasan Turabi, 22, from a Nablus-area village died Tuesday morning at Afula Medical Center in northern Israel, according to local Palestinian sources.

Sources from the village of Sarra in the northern West Bank told Ma'an that the Israeli prison service officially notified Turabi’s family of his death.

Turabi, according to lawyer Hiba Masalha of the Palestinian Authority ministry of prisoners affairs, was suffering from leukemia. She warned recently that he was in real danger after a blood vessel burst.

She added that Turabi was vomiting blood and was moved to the intensive care unit where medics found that he had blood clots in the neck, the chest and the abdomen.

Israeli forces had transferred Turabi from Megiddo prison to Afula Medical Center for medical treatment.

Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners' affairs Issa Qaraqe responded to the report saying that Israeli prison service is responsible for the death of Turabi and accusing them of "negligence."

Qaraqe said that the negligence had started at Megiddo prison, point out that ten days before Turabi was transferred to Afula hospital, he had severe bleeding and started to vomit blood.

"Prison medics treated the case recklessly and did not give him any medicine until he collapsed and lost consciousness on March 16, 2013."

At that point, added Qaraqe, the Israeli prison service released Turabi and transferred him to Afula Medical Center where he fell as a "martyr."

Qaraqe described the case as a new "war crime" committed against Palestinian prisoners.

Turabi's death, added the minister, brings the death toll among Palestinian prisoners in Israel's custody to 205 since 1967.

Qaraqe noted that five prisoners have died in 2013 so far, identifying them as Zuheir Libbada, Ashraf Abu Tharee, Arafat Jaradat, Maysara Abu Hamdiyya and Hasan Turabi.
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