Death of Palestinian in Israeli custody stokes West Bank protests, fears of uprising

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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 24 at 6:04 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The mysterious death of a 30-year-old Palestinian gas station attendant in Israeli custody is stoking clashes on the West Bank and Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising.

A senior Palestinian official is alleging that Arafat Jaradat was tortured by Israel's Shin Bet security service, citing an autopsy he says revealed bruising and two broken ribs.

Israeli officials initially said Jaradat appeared to have died of a heart attack, but Israel's Health Ministry says the autopsy did not conclusively determine the cause of death. It says the bruises and broken ribs were likely the result of attempts to revive the detainee.

Jaradat's death comes at a time of rising West Bank tensions, including several days of Palestinian marches in support of four hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli lockups. In all, Israel holds nearly 4,600 Palestinians, including dozens who have never been formally charged or tried.

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APPHOTO DV107: A Palestinian man throws stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes after a rally in support of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, north of the West Bank city of Jenin, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The death of a 30-year-old Palestinian after interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet security service stokes new West Bank clashes, along with Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas) (24 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO DV106: Palestinians throw stones during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, following the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The death of a 30-year-old Palestinian after interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet security service stokes new West Bank clashes, along with Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) (24 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO DV104: An Israeli soldier takes aim during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, following the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The death of a 30-year-old Palestinian after interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet security service stokes new West Bank clashes, along with Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) (24 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO DV101: Palestinians take cover behind containers during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, following the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian prisoner held in Israel jail, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The death of a 30-year-old Palestinian after interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet security service stokes new West Bank clashes, along with Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) (24 Feb 2013)

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