Palestinian prisoner dies of cancer, unrest in Israel jails

April 2, 2013 18:09


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A Palestinian prisoner serving a life sentence in Israel who had been suffering from terminal cancer died at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba on Tuesday, setting off unrest in a number of prisons, Israel Radio reported.

The prisoner, 64-year-old Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, was a Hamas member from the West Bank who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for attempting to murder Israeli citizens.

Prison Service authorities told Israel Radio that Hamdiyeh's condition was diagnosed two months ago after which he was put under medical surveillance. When doctors determined that his condition was terminal, the IPS turned to the pardon commitee to enact his release, but he died before the release process was completed.

Upon news of Hamdiyeh's death, prisoners in the Ketziot, Eshel and Ramon prisons began banging on cell doors and throwing objects, Israel Radio reported.

The IPS called in reinforcements to subdue the unrest, the report added.

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