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Palestinian prisoner, 63, dies in Israel prison

Palestinians stage a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails outside the International Committee of the Red Cross building in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 November 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails outside the International Committee of the Red Cross building in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 November 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]

Sixty-three-year-old Palestinian prisoner, Jameel Al-Tamimi was found dead inside his cell yesterday morning in an Israeli jail, a statement by Israeli Prison Services said.

According to the statement, an Israeli guard found Al-Tamimi unconscious in his cell in the Nitzan Prison.

"The guard called a paramedic and a doctor who began resuscitation operations, and called an ambulance. The prisoner's death was declared at the scene," the statement said.

Andul Naser Ferwaneh, head of studies and documentation at the PLO's Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Commission, announced the death of the prisoner.

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However, the PLO's Commission said that Al-Tamimi was in prison over a civil issue, placing responsibility for his death on the Israeli occupation.

There are around 4,650 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, with about 550 suffering from chronic medical conditions such as cancer and kidney and heart problems, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS).

The PPS also said that "the number of prisoners martyred in the prisons of the occupation has risen to 228 martyrs since 1967, including 72 prisoners who died as a result of the crime of medical negligence."

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