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Palestine: Prisoner dies, protests, youth in coma after shooting & destruction of property

Palestinian Prisoner Dies behind Zionist Bars, Protests Erupted

Al Manar

Some 3,000 Palestinians held in Zionist jails were staging a one-day hunger strike Sunday in protest at the death of Arafat Jaradat, as security forces clashed with demonstrators in the West Bank.

Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two, from the village of Sair near Hebron in the southern West Bank, died suddenly on Saturday in a Zionist jail from what prison authorities said appeared to have been cardiac arrest.

Protesters in his home village and in different parts of Hebron city on Sunday hurled stones at Zionist security forces who responded with tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Media said Zionist security forces were on the standby in case of further demonstrations.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club meanwhile said the number of inmates on open-ended hunger strike had climbed to 11 from four.

Jaradat’s death came a day after nearly 100 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Zionist security forces during demonstrations in the West Bank to demand the release of the hunger strikers.

An autopsy was due to take place at the Zionist national forensic institute on Sunday and Issa Qaraqaa, the Palestinian minister in charge of prisoner affairs, said a Palestinian doctor and Jaradat family members would be present.

A statement from the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday affirmed the need to promptly disclose the true reasons that led to his martyrdom.

The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip said the prisoner had died because of “the inhuman conditions in Israeli jails”.

The Zionist Shin Bet internal intelligence service said Jaradat had been arrested on Monday for his involvement in a stonethrowing incident in November 2012 during which a Zionist man had been injured.

The Jewish rights group B’Tselem said the investigation should look at how he was treated during interrogation and what techniques had been used.

It should be “independent, effective and transparent, and be finalized swiftly”, it said in a statement issued late on Saturday.

Relations between Israel and the Palestinians are already tense because of a rising wave of protests in solidarity with four other prisoners detained by the occupation army who have been on hunger strike for some months.

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Palestinian youth in coma after IOF bullet hit him in the head

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian university student was hit with an Israeli bullet in the head north of Ramallah on Saturday night and went in a coma.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Abud village, north of Ramallah, and wounded four young men.

They said that 21-year-old Mohammed Asfur, a student at Quds University, was seriously wounded in the head, adding that an Israeli sniper fired a bullet at him that hit his head and broke his skull.

They said that another young man was hit with a bullet in his knee, adding that the other two were slightly wounded.

The wounded were carried to Rafidiya hospital in Nablus after IOF soldiers closed the northern entrance to Abud village preventing the ambulance cars from taking them to Ramallah government hospital.

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Israeli police forces tear down Sheikh Jarrah solidarity tent

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli police forces tore down a tent in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem on Friday night that was pitched in support of Shamasne family.

The tent was pitched on Friday morning in support of Shamasne family whose house is threatened with confiscation.

Dozens of inhabitants in the suburb and members of the committee against the wall and settlement in Jerusalem had offered the Friday congregation near the house, which is threatened with confiscation by Jewish settlement societies by the end of the month.

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Jewish settlers attack Palestinian homes, olive trees

NABLUS, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Qasra village, south of Nablus, afternoon Saturday and destroyed olive trees.

Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of monitoring settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that the settlers came from the nearby Aish Kodesh settlement outpost.

He said that the settlers threw stones at Palestinian homes in the eastern areas of the village, adding that the settlers also destroyed dozens of olive trees in the same area.

Villages south of Nablus are the constant target of settlers’ attacks under the very eyes and protection of the Israeli occupation army.

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IOA to destroy water well

JENIN, (PIC)– An Israeli court in Beit El decided to destroy a Palestinian water well in Tanak village, west of Jenin, in line with the Israeli occupation authorities’ declared war on Palestinian water resources in the West Bank.

Local sources said that the IOA delivered the court decision to the owner of that well, Abdulrahman Zayud.

They said that Zayed uses his artesian water well for drinking and irrigation purposes.

The court said that the well was not licensed while the IOA refuses to give licenses to Palestinians to dig for wells.

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