A convicted Palestinian terrorist — suffering from terminal cancer and serving a life sentence — died in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, sparking widespread turmoil in several prisons throughout the country.
After news of his death spread, prisoners across the country began protests, which included a riot in a Hebron-area facility, where inmates tossed Molotov cocktails at security forces, the Post said.
The head of an advocacy group for Palestinian prisoners accused Israel of being responsible for Hamdiyeh’s death, because of the Jewish state’s "refusal to release him for treatment," despite repeated requests, some of which came from abroad, AFP reported.
According to the AFP report, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tried to gain Hamdiyeh's release as his health took a turn for the worse.
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