Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hundreds rally in Gaza, West Bank over Israeli jail death

 Maan News Agency
Published today 12:40
Protesters pictured in Hebron. (MaanImages/file)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of people rallied in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on Sunday to condemn the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces and protestors clashed in Hebron, Beit Ummar, al-Arrub refugee camp, and Tulkarem, with soldiers firing tear gas and sounds grenades at demonstrators, locals said.

Palestinian factions in Gaza launched solidarity marches to condemn Jadarat's death, Ma'an's correspondent said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires in Hebron, and security personnel responded with riot dispersal means."

Between 100-300 people threw stones at Israeli forces in Beit Ummar, she added.

Arafat Jadarat, 30, died in Israeli custody on Saturday, allegedly from a cardiac arrest.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees Issa Qaraqe said Jadarat died after being interrogated by Israeli forces and demanded an international investigation into his death, which has caused outrage in the West Bank and Gaza.

Over 4,000 Palestinian prisoners launched hunger strike action on Sunday in protest over the incident.