Death of Palestinian Prisoner Sparks Riots in Israeli Prisons

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 06:18 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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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.
 
Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, 63, was a member of Hamas from the West Bank who was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for attempted murder and other terror-related violations, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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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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