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Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli hospital

Sept. 9, 2014 2:44 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 10:04 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said.

The head of the Prisoner Affairs Committee said Raed al-Jabari, 35, died in Israel's Soroka Medical Center after being moved there early Tuesday.

Issa Qaraqe, the former Minister of Prisoner Affairs, held Israel responsible for al-Jabari's life and demanded an investigation into the cause of his death.

Al-Jabari was being detained in Ofer jail before being moved to Eshel prison, and Qaraqe said he was "tortured while being transferred."

Abd al-Salam al-Jabari, the prisoner's father, blamed Israel for killing his son and demanded an immediate investigation.

Al-Jabari spoke to his wife and children on Sunday and was in a good physical condition, his father said.

He was detained by Israeli forces on July 26 when he turned himself in after running into several Israelis with his car in Gush Etzion. He told Israeli forces that the incident was an accident.

Israeli Prisons spokeswoman Sivan Weizman told AFP he had hanged himself in a bathroom at Eshel prison.

She said a medical team had tried to revive him but that he was pronounced dead on arrival at Soroka hospital in the city.

"A prisoner hanged himself in the toilets," she told AFP, saying a team of paramedics, as well as prison officers, had tried to resuscitate him.

"They managed to revive him but, on the way to hospital, his heart apparently stopped working again and he was pronounced dead on arrival," she said.

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, more than 2,000 of whom were arrested over the summer alone.

AFP contributed to this report
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