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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The IDF was continuing Sunday to investigate the circumstances behind the death of a 63-year-old Palestinian man who, according to reports, was made to wait for hours at an army checkpoint north of the Jordan Valley.
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Palestinian medical officials said that man, who suffered from diabetes, died of dehydration and a cardiac arrest during the lengthy wait Saturday night at the Hamra checkpoint.
According to eyewitnesses, the man was held back since he also held
French citizenship and was therefore required to receive special
clearance to pass through the checkpoint
UAL-TA’AL MK Ahmed Tibi
said Defense Minister Ehud Barak was responsible for the man’s death,
and expressed hope that French President Nicolas Sarkozy would
intervene in the matter.
“The checkpoint orders lead to
humiliation and oppression of the Palestinian civilian population,” he
said in a statement Sunday. "Whoever gave these orders bears
responsibility for the man’s death."