rainn.png
Thursday July 7th, 2022 3:48AM

Israel probes death of elderly Palestinian who was detained

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel was investigating after an 80-year-old Palestinian with U.S. citizenship died of a heart attack after being detained by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

The State Department said it was in touch with the Israeli government to seek “clarification" about the incident, which occurred early Wednesday, and that it supports a “thorough investigation.”

Omar Asaad was detained by Israeli forces while returning from a relative's home in his hometown of Jiljiliya, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. He was brought to a hospital hours later, dead from a heart attack, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Jiljiliya Mayor Fouad Qattum, citing witnesses, said the soldiers stopped Asaad's vehicle and removed him by force shortly before dawn. He said they took Asaad, bound and blindfolded, to an abandoned building nearby. Later, they detained a number of young men from the surrounding area in the same building.

Qattum said the other detainees did not know Asaad was there because it was dark and he didn't make a sound. They only found him later, after the army had withdrawn, lying on his stomach with his jacket draped over him. They administered first aid and called an ambulance, but the medics were unable to revive him. It's unclear when he died.

“The other young men who were detained didn’t know he was there. If he had been alive he would have said something," Qattum said.

The Israeli military said in a statement Wednesday that Asaad was arrested “after resisting a check” and was released later that night, implying he was alive. It said the military police are reviewing the incident.

Israel says it thoroughly investigates incidents in which Palestinians are killed by Israeli troops. But rights groups say those investigations rarely lead to indictments or convictions, and that in many cases the army does not interview key witnesses or retrieve evidence.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now
Senior British government ministers have expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown
5:11AM ( 10 minutes ago )
German court: Syrian man guilty of crimes against humanity
A German court has convicted a former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago
4:53AM ( 29 minutes ago )
World stocks retreat as inflation augurs Fed rate hikes
Shares are mostly lower in Europe and Asia after the latest report of surging prices in the U.S. appeared to keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in coming months
4:30AM ( 52 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Kazakhstan: Russia-led alliance's troops prepare to pull out
The Russian Defense Ministry says troops of a Russia-led security alliance are preparing to pull out of Kazakhstan
3:38AM ( 1 hour ago )
French teachers go on strike over handling of pandemic
Less than two weeks after the winter term started, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases
3:03AM ( 2 hours ago )
Italy marks 10 years since deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck
Italy is marking the 10th anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster with a daylong commemoration that will end with a candlelit vigil marking the moment the ship slammed into a reef and then capsized off Tuscany
2:23AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP World News
UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now
Senior British government ministers have expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown
5:11AM ( 10 minutes ago )
German court: Syrian man guilty of crimes against humanity
A German court has convicted a former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago
4:53AM ( 29 minutes ago )
World stocks retreat as inflation augurs Fed rate hikes
Shares are mostly lower in Europe and Asia after the latest report of surging prices in the U.S. appeared to keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in coming months
4:30AM ( 52 minutes ago )
EXPLAINER: How will Australian visa ruling impact Djokovic?
As Novak Djokovic awaits a final decision on whether his visa will be revoked, all eyes have turned to Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke
4:26AM ( 55 minutes ago )
Europe gas crisis hinges on cold, high prices luring supply
Europe's natural gas crisis isn’t letting up
4:18AM ( 1 hour ago )