Palestinian prisoner dies in Tel Aviv hospital

E. Jerusalem resident serving life sentence for murdering spouse dies in Ichilov after suffering from infectious disease, IPS says.

April 10, 2013 23:33
Protest against the death of a Palestinian detainee in an Israeli jail, in Gaza February 24, 2013

Palestinian detainee protest, Gaza 370. (photo credit: Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

A Palestinian prisoner from east Jerusalem died after an infectious disease in Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, the Prisons Service announced a few hours later.

The prisoner, 59-year-old Ali Kara’in, was serving a life sentence for murdering his spouse in 2010.

He had been suffering from the illness for over a year, the service said, and had been treated in a number of Israeli hospitals.

Earlier Wednesday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that several Palestinians had suffered from tear gas inhalation during clashes with IDF soldiers that broke in the town of al-Khader south of Bethlehem during a protest over the issue of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

The issue has been at the center of Palestinian attention in recent months, particularly following the death of Arafat Jaradat who died of a heart attack in February, and more recently Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh's death from cancer.

Both cases sparked protests and hunger strikes by Palestinians who accuse Israel of medical negligence.

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