IDF still probing checkpoint death

Palestinian diabetes sufferer dies during lengthy wait; Tibi: Barak to blame.

April 4, 2010 13:00
A roadblock on Route 443.

checkpoint 443 311. (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.

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.

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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."

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