Palestinian, 30, dies in Israeli detention

AFP-JIJI

A Palestinian prisoner died in an Israeli jail on Saturday, sparking violence in the West Bank city of Hebron, his hometown, and a call from the Palestinian territories’ prime minister for a full inquiry.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, meanwhile, said the number of inmates on hunger strike had climbed to 11.

Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said prisoner Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two, had died suddenly at Megiddo detention center in northern Israel. “It was probably a cardiac arrest. I don’t have additional details at the moment,” Weizman said.

Jaradat had been arrested on Monday for his involvement in a stone-throwing incident in November during which an Israeli had been wounded.

The death came a day after nearly 100 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces during demonstrations in the West Bank to demand the release of the hunger strikers.