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Dozens injured in second day of West Bank protests
Published Monday 25/02/2013 (updated) 27/02/2013 18:33
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A protester throws stones during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the
city of Hebron February 25, 2013 following the funeral of Palestinian
prisoner Arafat Jaradat. (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of people took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Monday in the second day of protests following the death of a Palestinian prisoner who PA officials say died as a result of torture.

The PA Minister of Detainee Affairs said Sunday that results from an autopsy of Arafat Jadarat's body indicate that he died after being tortured in Israeli custody, and not from a cardiac arrest, as Israel's Prison Authority had claimed.

Hundreds of people marched from Birzeit University and gathered outside Ofer prison in Ramallah, where Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at the crowds, injuring eleven people.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said "500 rioters hurled rocks, firebombs and burning tires at Israeli forces, who responded with riot dispersal means."

Six people were hit by rubber bullets, she added.

In Bethlehem, 13-year-old Muhammad Khalid al-Kirdi was seriously injured after being shot in the back and foot with live ammunition near Aida camp.

Family members told Ma'an that Muhammad underwent surgery in Beit Jala to remove the bullets, and is in a serious but stable condition.

Another unidentified teenager was taken to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem after being shot in the head with a rubber bullet, Red Crescent officials said.

Two other people were injured as youths protested by an Israeli military watchtower near the refugee camp.

An Israeli army spokesman said 150 Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means.

Israeli soldiers, with approval from an officer, used live fire on protesters after several improvised hand grenades were thrown towards Rachel's Tomb, he added.

The specific incident involved 22 mm rounds fired from a Ruger gun.

Israeli military sources said that live ammunition was also used in Hebron, where 200 Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli forces.

In Tulkarem, 14 people were lightly injured by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters as protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers, witnesses told Ma'an.

Mourners gather for Jadarat's funeral

Earlier Monday, thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Arafat Jaradat in the Hebron village of Sair.

Gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fired in the air as his body was carried through the streets, with Jaradat's mother and pregnant wife collapsing at the funeral.

His death on Saturday sparked outrage in the West Bank and Gaza, where the issue of prisoners resonates deeply with the public.

Robert Serry, the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, called for "an independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Jaradat's death, the results of which should be made public as soon as possible".

"The United Nations is closely monitoring the situation on the ground where mounting tensions present a real risk of destabilization," Serry's office said in a statement.

President Abbas told reporters Monday that "the Israelis want chaos.....We will not allow them to drag us into it and to mess with the lives of our children and our youth."

"We lost Arafat Jaradat who was arrested and came back in a coffin and this cannot pass lightly. We will not allow them to keep our prisoners in jails all their lives for crimes they didn't commit."
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1 ) Carlos / usa
25/02/2013 19:20
israel is terror! israel is torture! Boycott Intel corporation for enabling israeli terrorism! I bought my computer with an AMD processor instead.

2 ) Zainab / UK
25/02/2013 19:51
"Palestinians are still subject to countless forms of human rights violations that the international community continues to ignore. Palestinians continue to be deprived of the basic right of self determination and establishing their own state. The basic human rights of Palestinians have become subject to negotiations within the context of conflict,.....,right to life, education,
freedom, and human dignity" (www.addameer.org) "Torture of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons" page 8

3 ) Let the hunt begin / American Solider
25/02/2013 20:40
Don't really think that Palestinians would stay calm anymore.

4 ) Tony B? / ME
25/02/2013 22:39
This is a re-run of Arafat's tactics after he rejected Clinton's deal. Only this time your leaders refuse to even come to the negotiation table. They have done their calculations, and decided they need X amount of dead bodies.

Up ahead I can see a lot of pain with little or no gain.

Well, you know how to bring an end to this...STOP

5 ) Rami / Palestine
26/02/2013 14:21
#4 Youre stupid. Who decided that Arafat Jaradat need to die? Israel or Palestine? The PA has been asking repeatedly to return to the negotiating table. Netanyahu doesn't give a damn to do so and now that his coalition are all extremists, racists, and fellow ethnic cleansers, the choice is clear that Israel is only interested in erasing the West Bank and Gaza and extending Israel.

6 ) Christopher Rushlau / USA
26/02/2013 20:04
Rubber bullets never hurt anybody. Rubber-coated steel bullets fired off a modified M-16 rifle often kill people.
Is this euphemism a hint to the PA's editorial bias?

7 ) gabi / austalia
27/02/2013 01:42
#4 - "stop"? stop what? stop the occupation? blood good idea!

8 ) Peace & Freedom / Negotiations
27/02/2013 14:24
- Abbas says "No peace without freedom for prisoners", and
Israel says No freedom for prisoners without peace, and
- Obviously freedom and peace must be achieved simultaneously,
so it's time to stop making such statements and NEGOTIATE them,
or it's time to accept there will be no peace & no FREEDOM !!!!
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