Nablus man dies of broken heart after son arrested

The man, Sa'di al-Sakhel, suffered massive heart attack after Palestinian Authority security agents arrested his son, Musab.

June 15, 2013 18:03
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A Palestinian Authority policeman.

PA policeman 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A 62-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus died of a heart attack on Saturday shortly after Palestinian Authority security forces arrested his son.

Sa'di al-Sakhel suffered a massive heart attack after Preventive Security Force agents arrested his son Musab.

The son was released immediately after the father was pronounced dead at the Al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus.

Musab was suspected of membership in Hamas, a PA security source said.

Another son, Nael, was released last year from Israeli prison in the Gilad Schalit prisoner swap and deported to the Gaza Strip.

The death of Sakhlel triggered violent protests in Nablus, where scores of angry demonstrators clashed with PA policemen and tried to storm a police station.

In a related development, Palestinians in the West Bank launched a campaign to resist PA security forces’ security clampdown against activists.

Entitled “I Don’t Care,” the campaign is aimed at foiling summons for interrogation issued by various branches of the PA security forces, especially against supporters of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

A similar campaign waged two years ago was titled “I’m Not Going [for interrogation].”

The latest effort came in response to an increased PA crackdown on Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters in the West Bank.

According to the organizers, the PA security forces have arrested or summoned for interrogation more than 120 Palestinians since the beginning of the month.

On Saturday, PA security forces arrested five Palestinian men in the West Bank on suspicion of being affiliated with Hamas. Many of the men who were arrested by the PA in recent months had been released from Israeli prisons.

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