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Police: Prisoner commits suicide in Bethlehem jail

July 3, 2015 6:12 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2015 5:36 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detainee reportedly committed suicide on Friday in a Bethlehem prison, Palestinian police said.

Police spokesperson Luay Irzeikat told Ma'an that the man, 32, was taken to a hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival, without giving further details regarding the suicide.

Irzeikat said police had opened an investigation into the incident and would transfer his body for an autopsy.

The prisoner's death comes less than a week after police reported that Hazim Yasin Mahmoud Udwan, 29, committed suicide while being held in a Bethlehem jail on Sunday.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a 2014 report sharply criticizing conditions inside Palestinian detention centers.

The report said that "the use of torture has been commonplace in Palestinian detention facilities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for many years."

PCHR pointed to "different forms of physical and psychological torture, including shackling, beating on the soles of the feet, solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, death threats, and other forms of physical and psychological torture."

"The crimes of torture in the PA resulted in the death of many detainees in the PA prisons," the report concluded, including cases where prisoners were reportedly driven to suicide.
Comments
spb / usa
it's the second time in couple of months. there is a room to rethink maybe PA is doing a better job and Israel should transfer some to the PA jails
03/07/2015 18:36
CARLOS / USA
You have to be a really low life to describe torture as a good job. israel likes to torture and I am sure israel leans on PA to torture. Hamas is better than israeli government or PA.
04/07/2015 19:16
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