TEL AVIV, Israel — Nineteen Israeli jail guards are beneath investigation within the demise of a 38-year-old Palestinian safety prisoner of their custody, police mentioned Thursday.
Thaer Abu Assab was discovered with “extreme indicators of violence” on his physique, in accordance with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Membership, an advocacy group. He died on Nov. 18 on the Ketziot jail within the southern Negev Desert. Abu Assab was arrested in 2005 and was serving a 25-years sentence for tried homicide.
The Prisoners’ Membership demanded an investigation, together with an post-mortem. Police initially informed the group that it was troublesome to determine the guards concerned resulting from their helmets.
Police introduced the investigation of the guards Thursday, after a gag order expired. The Israel Jail Service mentioned it was cooperating.
The Prisoners’ Membership says about 7,800 Palestinians are presently held in Israeli prisons. Tons of have been rounded up because the Oct. 7 begin of the Israel-Hamas battle in Gaza, triggered by a lethal assault by Hamas militants in southern Israel.
Rights activists say the variety of so-called administrative detainees, who’re individuals held with out trial or costs, is a file excessive.