Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Gaza militants fire on Israel after prisoner death


GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Gaza militants fired on southern Israel on Tuesday, hours after the death in custody of a Palestinian who suffered from cancer, witnesses said.

Witnesses told AFP that militants in Gaza City had fired three mortar rounds on Israel.

The Israeli army initially said only one projectile had landed in Israel, without causing any casualties, but later issued a statement saying nothing had landed.

"It turns out that nothing fell on Israeli territories," a spokeswoman told AFP.

There was no claim of responsibility from the Palestinian side. more

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails stage hunger strike after inmate dies


A Palestinian prisoner has died of cancer after claims of medical negligence by the Israeli authorities, triggering unrest in the West Bank and among Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails. A three-day hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners has been announced.

Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, 64, died on Tuesday morning, three days after being transferred to Soroka hospital in the city of Be'er Sheva. Following news of his death, Israeli prison guards used teargas in response to protests by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, who banged on cell doors and threw objects. Three prisoners and six guards needed medical treatment, according to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

There were clashes in the tense West Bank city of Hebron, where Abu Hamdiyeh lived. Demonstrators threw rocks and firebombs, according to reports.

Abu Hamdiyeh, who was sentenced to life in 2002 for attempted murder, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus several months after complaining of ill health. By the time he was transferred to hospital, the cancer had spread from his throat to his spinal cord. According to his lawyer, he had lost significant weight and, until his admission to hospital, had been treated only with painkillers.

Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian Authority prisoners minister, said Abu Hamdiyeh's cancer spread because he did not receive treatment earlier. "The prison administration knew that he was suffering from cancer and they didn't release him and medically neglected him," Qaraqe told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an. more

Cancer-stricken Palestinian dies in Israeli custody


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Palestinian jailed in Israel, died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday, after protests to secure his release failed.

Hamdiyeh was transferred from prison to Soroka hospital in late March suffering from throat cancer which had spread to his spinal cord.

Prisoners in Eshel and Nafha prisons had launched hunger strikes to demand Abu Hamdiyeh's release.

Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian Authority prisoners minister, said Abu Hamdiyeh's cancer spread because he did not receive treatment earlier.

"It is a brutal crime against Maysara especially that the prison administration knew that he was suffering from cancer and they didn't release him and medically neglected him," Qaraqe told Ma'an.

Qaraqe said Israeli prison authorities had medically neglected Abu Hamdiyeh over several years. The minister held the Israeli government responsible for Abu Hamdiyeh's death and called for an international committee to investigate Israel's failure to provide him treatment earlier.

Abu Hamdiyeh, a Fatah leader from Hebron, was detained in 2002 and sentenced to life. more