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Palestinian prisoner dies weeks after assault by Israeli guards

Feb. 25, 2014 11:16 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 10:03 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner who was assaulted by guards in an Israeli jail earlier in February has succumbed to his injuries, the man's brother said Tuesday.

Jihad Abd al-Rahman al-Taweel, a 47-year-old man from Jerusalem, died at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba late Monday, Sharif al-Taweel told Ma'an.

Jihad al-Taweel was hospitalized over two weeks ago after Israeli guards raided his ward and assaulted prisoners with pepper spray, a relative of the man said Friday.

Al-Taweel passed out during the assault, the relative said.

A week after al-Taweel was hospitalized, the Israeli prison service had asked his family to sign discharge papers, but the family refused to sign until they could ensure his situation had stabilized enough for him to be discharged.

The relative said that al-Taweel, who was a father of five, was serving a three-month sentence in Beersheba prison after Israeli police caught him driving a vehicle without a driver's license.

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