Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, May, 02, 2017.
Former political detainee dies of health complications, meanwhile a Palestinian civilian injured by Israeli troops invading West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A former Palestinian political prisoner who joined the supporters of hunger-striking detainees at a solidarity tent died on Tuesday of a heart attack, just five months after his release from prison. While in Israeli army detention, Mazin al-Maghraby, 45, was subjected to medical neglect, leading to a severe deterioration of his health, including kidney failure.
The head of the Detainees Committee, Issa Qaraqe, stated that al-Maghraby suffered from a heart attack, and was rushed to the Ramallah General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around dawn. The deceased was from ‘Abwein village, north of Ramallah in the central part of the Occupied West Bank.
The protest tent where al-Maghraby suffered a heart attack was established to maintain a constant presence in solidarity with the hundreds of hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel. There are more than 1500 Palestinians currently on hunger strike, and the number is increasing daily.
The political prisoners are calling for a number of demands to be met, including medical treatment for prisoners, allowing visits from their families and ending so-called ‘administrative detention, in which Palestinians are held without charges for extended periods of months and years.
In other news, a Palestinian civilian was injured many others suffered from severe effects of tear gas inhalation on Tuesday evening as Israeli troops invaded Qassra village near Nablus in northern West Bank.
Local sources said that Israeli troops invaded the village and searched homes which lead to clashes between the invading forces and loc al youth who hurled stones at soldiers. Troops responded by firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. One civilian was injured in the leg by a rubber-coated steel bullet, Medical sources reported.
On Tuesday at dawn, a homemade explosive was hurled at an Israeli military jeep near Qalqilia city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, causing damage but no injuries. The Israeli army said several shots were also fired at the military jeep after the explosive object was thrown at it, near the Annexation Wall, close to Qalqilia city.
The army added that the soldiers fired many live rounds at the area where the explosive was thrown from, while one Palestinian fired back and fled to Qalqilia.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, May, 02, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.