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Palestinian American Dies of Coronary heart Assault After Temporary Detention by Israeli Troops


JERUSALEM — An aged Palestinian American was discovered lifeless early Wednesday shortly after a short detention by Israeli troops in a village within the occupied West Financial institution, prompting the U.S. authorities to name for an investigation into his dying.

The person, who was named by American and Palestinian officers as Omar Asad, died of a coronary heart assault after being detained throughout a nighttime raid on Jiljilya, a Palestinian village close to town of Ramallah, the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated in a press release. The ministry stated he was 80.

The Israeli Military stated in a press release {that a} Palestinian man in Jiljilya “was apprehended after resisting a examine” throughout an Israeli raid, earlier than later being launched alive. The assertion added that the Israeli navy police had been investigating the incident.

Based on the village council chief, in an interview posted on Wafa, the primary Palestinian information wire, Mr. Asad was driving residence after a go to to family members when he was stopped by Israeli troopers, pulled from his automobile, blindfolded, handcuffed and brought to a constructing website together with 4 different villagers.

After the troopers left the realm, Mr. Asad was discovered lifeless on the constructing website at roughly 4:30 a.m., the council chief, Fouad Moutee, informed Wafa.

Virtually all the village is beneath the administration of the Palestinian Authority, in accordance with diplomatic agreements cast within the Nineteen Nineties, generally known as the Oslo Accords. However Israeli troops frequently enter the authority’s areas of autonomy, resembling Jiljilya, as a way to perform arrests or typically for coaching workouts.

The State Division’s spokesman, Ned Worth, stated on Wednesday that the USA had sought clarification from Israel in regards to the incident. “We help an intensive investigation into the circumstances of this incident,” Mr. Worth stated at a information briefing.

Mr. Asad had lived in Milwaukee for many years earlier than returning to the West Financial institution about 10 years in the past, his household informed Reuters.

He’s at the least the second Palestinian in 2022 to die within the West Financial institution in an incident associated to the Palestinian-Israel battle. One other Palestinian man, Bakir Hashash, was killed throughout a shootout with Israeli troopers in Balata, within the northern West Financial institution, on Jan. 6.

No less than 79 Palestinians had been killed in 2021 by Israeli troopers or settlers within the West Financial institution, together with in East Jerusalem, in accordance with data compiled by the United Nations. Three Israelis had been killed by Palestinians there, most not too long ago in December when a 25-year-old Israeli settler, Yehuda Dimentman, was shot lifeless in an ambush within the northern West Financial institution.

Israel occupied the West Financial institution in 1967, after capturing it from Jordan. Violence within the West Financial institution reached a five-year peak in 2021, in accordance with U.N. information, because the prospect of a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians grew ever extra distant, seven years after the final peace negotiations petered out in 2014.

The present Israeli authorities, which is led by Naftali Bennett, a former settler chief who opposes a Palestinian state, has dominated out returning to formal peace talks throughout its tenure.

The Palestinian management is split between the secular Palestinian Authority, which manages elements of the West Financial institution, and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip.

Lara Jakes contributed reporting from Washington.

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