On Tuesday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that Abdel Rizik, 52, died in a Gaza prison.He had been arrested on the previous Thursday. His family were informed by the Gazan police that he had died on Tuesday, but the circumstances of the death are not yet known.

The PCHR has demanded that Hamas, which is the de-facto government of the Gaza Strip, investigate the matter as a matter of urgency.

Hamas has accepted the need for such an investigation and has stated that Rizik was found dead in his prison cell in mysterious circumstances.