World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian officials on Saturday demanded an international investigation into the death of a Palestinian, 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat, who died in an Israeli jail hours earlier.
Tension over the issue of Palestinians held by Israel has risen over the past few weeks, with mass protests held in support of four inmates on hunger strike and dozens of demonstrators injured in clashes with Israeli forces.
"Our information was that Jaradat was being interrogated and then he died. Therefore we call for an international investigation into his death, that may have resulted from torture," Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqea said.
Israel's internal security service, Shin Bet, said in a statement, Jaradat suffered from various health problems prior to his arrest, including back aches and injuries in his leg and stomach, sustained from a rubber bullet and a tear gas canister.
But Qadoura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoner Club, a leading association that cares for Palestinians in Israeli jails, said that according to the group's records, Jaradat did not suffer from any prior illness.
"Israel was responsible for his life," Fares said.
Jaradat was arrested this week over "stone-throwing" in the occupied West Bank, the Shin Bet said.
Israel holds around 4,700 Palestinians in its prisons.Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2013, 15:19