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Former Palestinian prisoner dies following 'medical negligence' in Israeli custody

Image of former Palestinian prisoner, Mazen Muhammad Al-Mughrabi [YazanSalhi /Twitter]
Image of former Palestinian prisoner, Mazen Muhammad Al-Mughrabi [YazanSalhi /Twitter]

A former Palestinian prisoner died this morning from medical complications he sustained during his time in Israeli custody, Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs head Issa Qaraqe told Ma'an.

The head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe

The head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe

Mazen Muhammad Al-Mughrabi, a 45-year-old resident of the village of Abwein in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, died at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah after suffering kidney failure, Qaraqe said.

Qaraqe said that Al-Mughrabi, who was released from Israeli prison around two years ago after serving a five-year sentence, contracted kidney issues "as a result of medical negligence" while in Israeli custody.

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While earlier reports by local news outlets claimed that Al-Mughrabi had been on hunger strike in solidarity with some 1,600 imprisoned Palestinian hunger strikers who entered their sixteenth day without food today, Qaraqe told Ma'an that Al-Mughrabi had not been on hunger strike.

However, Qaraqe said that Al-Mughrabi had visited a sit-in tent in the city of Ramallah in solidarity with the hunger strikers.

Rights groups have widely condemned Israel for its "deliberate policy of neglect" of Palestinian prisoners.

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