Palestinian political prisoner inside Israeli Ofer Prison collapsed due to medical negligence and died on Wednesday evening, the Israel Prison Service said.
The prisoner Daud al Khatib, 45, had been serving a sentence of 18 years and eight months for his resistance activities against the Israeli occupation. He had been in Israeli jails since 2002.
He was a member of the Palestinian Fatah faction and was arrested in the early 2000s, during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.
The prison services said he collapsed in his cell and efforts by prison authorities and medics to revive him failed because they were too late.
No cause of his death has been released yet, official Palestinian sources said, but reports stated that he had suffered from chronic illnesses and the Israeli prison services did not serve him except with painkillers.
Following his death, other prisoners began banging on doors and throwing objects, protesting against the intentional medical negligence against them.
Since 1967, 226 Palestinians have died inside Israeli prisoners, according to the Palestinian Authority, stressing that the main reason for their death is Israel’s intentional medical negligence.
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