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State of Palestine: Israeli jail death stirs protest in Ramallah00:44

State of Palestine: Israeli jail death stirs protest in Ramallah

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Ramallah
April 3, 2013 at 18:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

State of Palestine: Israeli jail death stirs protest in Ramallah

Protesters have rallied in the streets of Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday, protesting Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners following the death of 63-year-old Maysara Abu Hamdiya on Tuesday. The retired general in the Palestinian Authority security services is said to have died from throat cancer, which protesters say he did not receive adequate medical treatment for under Israeli care.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of delaying medical treatment to Hamdiya, who died two months after receiving a diagnosis of throat cancer. He was said to be receiving medical care at Soroka Medical Centre, in the Israeli city of Beersheba. Palestinian prisoners across Israel have announced that they will embark on a three-day hunger strike in response to Hamdiya's death.

Hamas member Hamdiya was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in a plot to blow up an Israeli restaurant in Jerusalem in 2002.

Hamdiya is the second Palestinian prisoner to die in an Israeli prison in 2013, with 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat said to have died from a heart attack in an Israeli prison in February. Calls from Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights group B'Tselem for an investigation into allegations of torture were rejected by Israeli officials.

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State of Palestine: Israeli jail death stirs protest in Ramallah

Protesters have rallied in the streets of Ramallah in the West Bank on Wednesday, protesting Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners following the death of 63-year-old Maysara Abu Hamdiya on Tuesday. The retired general in the Palestinian Authority security services is said to have died from throat cancer, which protesters say he did not receive adequate medical treatment for under Israeli care.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of delaying medical treatment to Hamdiya, who died two months after receiving a diagnosis of throat cancer. He was said to be receiving medical care at Soroka Medical Centre, in the Israeli city of Beersheba. Palestinian prisoners across Israel have announced that they will embark on a three-day hunger strike in response to Hamdiya's death.

Hamas member Hamdiya was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in a plot to blow up an Israeli restaurant in Jerusalem in 2002.

Hamdiya is the second Palestinian prisoner to die in an Israeli prison in 2013, with 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat said to have died from a heart attack in an Israeli prison in February. Calls from Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights group B'Tselem for an investigation into allegations of torture were rejected by Israeli officials.

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