JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel was investigating after an 80-year-old Palestinian with U.S. citizenship died of a coronary heart assault after being detained by Israeli troopers within the occupied West Financial institution.
The State Division stated it was in contact with the Israeli authorities to hunt “clarification” in regards to the incident, which occurred early Wednesday, and that it helps a “thorough investigation.”
Omar Asaad was detained by Israeli forces whereas coming back from a relative’s dwelling in his hometown of Jaljulia, close to the West Financial institution metropolis of Ramallah. He was dropped at a hospital hours later, useless from a coronary heart assault, in keeping with the Palestinian Well being Ministry.
Jaljulia Mayor Fouad Qattum, citing witnesses, stated the troopers stopped Asaad’s car and eliminated him by drive shortly earlier than daybreak. He stated they took Asaad, certain and blindfolded, to an deserted constructing close by. Later, they detained plenty of younger males from the encompassing space in the identical constructing.
Qattum stated the opposite detainees didn’t know Asaad was there as a result of it was darkish and he did not make a sound. They solely discovered him later, after the military had withdrawn, mendacity on his abdomen along with his jacket draped over him. They administered first assist and referred to as an ambulance, however the medics have been unable to revive him. It is unclear when he died.
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“The opposite younger males who have been detained didn’t know he was there. If he had been alive he would have stated one thing,” Qattum stated.
The Israeli army stated in a press release Wednesday that Asaad was arrested “after resisting a test” and was launched later that evening, implying he was alive. It stated the army police are reviewing the incident.
Israel says it completely investigates incidents through which Palestinians are killed by Israeli troops. However rights teams say these investigations not often result in indictments or convictions, and that in lots of circumstances the military doesn’t interview key witnesses or retrieve proof.
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