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Palestinian prisoner dies as hunger strike expands

Published on Feb 24, 2013 6:13 AM
A Palestinian protester stands near Palestinian riot police after they intervened in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Hebron February 22, 2013. Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters throughout the occupied West Bank on Friday, capping a week of violence amid a hunger strike by four Palestinians in Israeli jails. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - A Palestinian prisoner died in an Israeli jail on Saturday, officials said, as the number of inmates on hunger strike climbed to 11, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Club.

Arafat Jaradat was "arrested a few days ago. He was killed during the investigation," the Palestinian minister in charge of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqaa told AFP.

"We demand the creation of an international commission of inquiry to probe the circumstances of his death," Mr Qaraqaa said.

Israel Prisons Service spokesman Sivan Weizman said Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two from the West Bank city of Hebron, died suddenly at Meggido detention centre in northern Israel.

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