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Palestinian killed in Israel jail buried

Sept. 12, 2014 7:52 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 14, 2014 12:50 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainee Raed al-Jabari, 35, who allegedly died after being tortured while in Israeli prison custody, was laid to rest on Friday in Hebron.

Palestinian mourners marched from al-Hussein Bin Ali mosque in central Hebron voicing their demands that Israeli leaders be held accountable in the International Criminal Court.

Al-Jabari was detained by Israeli forces on July 26 when he turned himself in after running into several Israeli settlers with his car in Gush Etzion.

He told Israeli forces that it was an accident, and a court decided to release him on bail.

However, he later died in custody after what Palestinian officials described as torture.

Issa Qaraqe, former minister of prisoner affairs, said in a news conference that the results of an autopsy showed that internal bleeding and a concussion were the cause of death.

Israeli Prison spokeswoman Sivan Weizman had earlier said that 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.

But Qaraqe said the autopsy did not find any signs of bruising around al-Jabari's neck and that the main cause of death was bleeding and concussion likely to have been caused by blows to the head.

The victim also had bruising on his face and lips, he said.

Dr. Saber al-Alul took part in the autopsy on Thursday at the Israeli forensic science institute but was prevented from revealing the autopsy results.

Another committee then conducted an autopsy on the body at the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Dis.
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