IDF soldiers in Hebron, Feb. 24, 2013. Photo by Emil Salman
LIVE BLOG: IDF, Palestinians clash in West Bank after detainee dies
February 24, 2013   By:    Death in Custody, Palestinian Detainee, Palestinian Prisoners   18 Comments   //   1611 Views

IDF soldier, Israeli woman and several Palestinians reported wounded in the clashes, including the 15-year-old son of a Palestinian security services chief; detainees announce a collective hunger strike; PM sends message via Isaac Molho asking PA to restore calm.

 IDF soldiers in Hebron, Feb. 24, 2013. Photo by Emil Salman

IDF soldiers in Hebron, Feb. 24, 2013. Photo by Emil Salman

Tension in the West Bank continued to mount on Sunday as the Palestinians prepared to bury the body of Arafat Jaradat, a detainee who died of cardiac arrest at Megiddo Prison the day before. The Israel Defense Forces’ Central Command bolstered efforts to prepare for violent protest and clashes in Hebron and the vicinity. The Palestinian administrative detainees held in Israeli prisons launched a three-day hunger strike on Saturday, in response to Jaradat’s death.

10:15 P.M. IDF says they see no no indication that the wider Palestinian puvlic is interested in a third intifada or a real conflict with Israel.

8:00 P.M. Saber Aloul, chief pathologist of the Palestinian Authority, who attended the autopsy of Jaradat in Israel, said Sunday marks on his body showed he had been tortured during his interrogation. There was no sign of heart failure, Aluol said. Meanwhile, Israel’s Health Ministry said: It is not possible to determine cause of death at this stage, and no external injury marks were found expect for signs of CPR and scuff marks.

6:37 P.M. Palestinian detainees held at prisons across Israel send back their dinners, signaling their hunger strike continues, Channel 10 reports. 

6: 35 P.M. An Israeli woman sustains a head wound by stones thrown on a road near Nablus. A Palestinian is wounded by gunfire in riots near Rachel’s Tomb. 

5: 44 P.M. Jaradat’s body is transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Hundreds of Palestinians greet the ambulance at the Tarqumia Crossing. The body is being transported to the village of Sair, the detainee’s hometown.  

5:17 P.M.  The 15-year-old son of a Palestinian security services chief is wounded by IDF gunfire in a protest near the Beitounia Crossing. According to sources in Ramallah, the teen underwent surgery and is in stable condition.  Another 20-year-old protester was wounded by live fire, the sources say.

5:08 P.M. Jaradat’s funeral is scheduled for Monday afternoon, despite reports claiming it was set for Sunday.  

4:34 P.M. Channel 10 cites Palestinians as saying that Jaradat’s body has been autopsied and will be returned to the Palestinian Authority within hours.

4:11 P.M. Palestinian mob assembles by Rachel’s Tomb. Six grenades and a fire bomb are hurled at IDF troops, Channel 10 reports. 

3:21 P.M. Some 50 Palestinians riot in the Palestinian village of Hawara, south of Nablus. 

2:37 P.M. Palestinians report that one protester has been wounded by rubber bullets during clashes with IDF troops in Hebron. A Palestinian youth who was moderately wounded by gunfire in the village of Qusra on Saturday is transferred from a Nablus hospital to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical center in Jerusalem due to a deterioration in his condition. 

2:25 P.M. Hadash Chairman Mohammed Barakeh visits Palestinian detainee Samer Issawi, who has been on a hunger strike for over 210 days. Barakeh tells Haaretz that Issawi is at immediate risk because he stopped drinking water and receiving fluids on Friday. Issawi’s protest is meant to convince the international community to intervene on the Palestinian prisoners’ behalf.  

2:19 P.M. MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) visits Gilboa Prison a meets with Maher Yunis, an Arab Israeli prisoner who has been serving a sentence at the facility for the past 31 years. Yunis tells Tibi that the Arab Israeli prisoners at the jail are being treated worse than the Jewish inmates, and announces he will go on hunger strike on Monday. This is the first time a veteran Arab security prisoner goes on a hunger strike due to discrimination.

2:00 P.M.  Some 200 Palestinians hurl stones and torch tires in central Hebron. IDF troops respond with means of crowd control and rubber bullets. Nearby, in the town of Beit Ummar, some 150 Palestinians hurl stones. IDF troops respond with gas and stun grenades.  Riots in Beitounia, held by some 40 Palestinians, are met with a similar response by the IDF. 

12:45 P.M. Palestinian police refuse to disperse protests held in memory of Arafat Jaradat, despite Israeli order to “calm” area. An IDF soldier is lightly wounded from stone thrown during clashes with Palestinians in Hebron.

12:35 P.M. Israel demands the Palestinian Authority take control of riots. The message is transferred by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy to the peace process, Isaac Molho. 

12:31 P.M. The IDF is preparing for Jaradat’s funeral, which is to be held in the afternoon in the West Bank village of Sair. Riots are reported in the area.

12:30 P.M. Netanyahu orders January’s tax funds be transferred to the Palestinian Authority, despite upheaval.

12:20 P.M. The Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine is preparing to autopsy Jaradat’s body. The Ramle Magistrate’s Court is expected to hold a hearing on the autopsy procedure.

12:15 P.M. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reports that stores in Hebron are closed, and that some 200 protesters have gathered in the center of the city. According to the report, IDF troops are firing rubber bullets at the demonstrators. 

10:15 A.M. Some 100 Palestinians throw stones toward IDF troops near Hebron. Soldiers respond with means of crowd control. 

10:00 A.M. Palestinian detainees at Israeli prisons announce a collective hunger strike, raising the number of strikers from 3,000 to 4,500. The Israel Prison Service reports that all administrative detainees have sent back their breakfasts.

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