A Palestinian held in an Israeli prison has died after suffering a stroke, Palestinian officials say.
The head of the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, said on Wednesday that 30-year-old Fadi al-Darbi was pronounced brain dead at the Soroka hospital in the occupied territories on October 11.
Al-Darbi had suffered a stroke earlier in the day.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Darbi's health had deteriorated as a result of medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service.
The group said Darbi had also been a victim of medical negligence after suffering abdominal bleeding two years earlier, while serving a 16-year prison sentence in the Israeli Ramon prison. He had been nabbed in 2006.
Some 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly behind bars in 17 Israeli prisons and detention centers. More than 400 Palestinians are currently under Administrative Detention, the policy of arrest and detention of individuals without charge or trial.
Thousands of Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces over the past months.
Tensions between the Tel Aviv regime and Palestinians have been on the rise over Israel’s imposition of sweeping restrictions on entries into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on August 26 and Israeli settlers’ repeated attacks on the mosque. Many Palestinians have been nabbed in the ensuing clashes.
There has also been a rise in deadly shootings by Israeli forces against Palestinians accused of attacks against Israelis.
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