RAMALLAH, Monday, November 6, 2023 (WAFA) -The Detainees Affairs Commission and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed today that detainee Majed Ahmed Zaqoul, 32, one of the Gaza workers who was detained by Israeli forces following the start of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip on October 7, has died in Ofer Israeli Prison.
In a joint statement, the detainees’ commission and PPS said the occupation ‘concealed the crime of assassinating prisoner Zaqoul, 32, until Israeli media announced his death, claiming that it was not possible to confirm his identity at the time.
The Palestinian was from the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip; he died in an Israeli prison ten days earlier, but Israel never announced his death until Monday, November 6.
According to the statement, Zaqoul moved to the West Bank three years ago and was suffering from cancer, adding that he went to work within the 1948 territories six months ago, as did thousands of Palestinians. Zaqoul was a married father of oone child, and his family lives in Gaza.
According to testimonies of Palestinian workers who were released several days ago by Israel through the Karem Abu Salem Crossing “Kerem Shalom”, Zaqoul was subjected to a systematic assassination, like what happened to detainees Omar Daraghma and Arafat Hamdan, who were also killed because of torture in Israeli jails last month.
The occupation continues to detain citizens of Gaza, whose numbers are unknown and refuses to reveal any information regarding their identities, places of detention, and health conditions.
Meanwhile, the detainees’ commission and PPS confirmed that fears are mounting over their fate, especially considering the horrific testimonies recently given by the released workers.
With the killing of Zaqoul, the number of Palestinian prisoners killed in Israeli jails rose to 240 since 1967.