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Palestinian doctor from Gaza kidnapped in West Bank

Image of Palestinian doctors performing surgery in Gaza [Abed Rahim Khatib/Apaimages]
Palestinian doctors performing surgery in Gaza [Abed Rahim Khatib/Apaimages]

The body of missing Palestinian Dr Imad Al-Deen Al-Masri has been found in the occupied West Bank with what his family has said are signs of “torture”, Safa news agency reported.

Al-Masri, who is from the Gaza Strip but works for the Ministry of Health in the West Bank, was said to be in a critical condition and is now receiving treatment in Ramallah. In a Facebook post, his wife wrote that there were signs of the “effects of severe torture found on his body.”

She added that he had been lured by unknown people, who called him from the health minister’s office in Ramallah and led him to the minister’s office.

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Al-Masri had been known for his opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s punitive measures on the Gaza Strip. Leading protests which called for bringing them to an end.

In March 2017, the PA launched a number of punitive measures against the besieged Gaza Strip including forcing civil servant into early retirement, slashed workers’ salaries by up to 50 per cent and refusing to pay for Gaza’s electricity bill.

Body of Palestinian from Gaza Dr Imad Al-Deen Al-Masri found in Ramallah, West Bank on 15 October 2018 [File photo]

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