Israeli forces on high alert ahead of Palestinian detainee funeral
Israel placed its forces in the West Bank on high alert Monday, amid fears that the funeral of a Palestinian who died in an Israeli jail could spark another bout of violence, dpa reported.
Arafat Jaradat was being buried in his home village of Kfar Sa'ir, near Hebron. He collapsed and died Saturday, in a northern Israeli prison.
News of his death brought Palestinian activists to the streets in several West Bank locations, where they burned tyres and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with teargas and rubber bullets.
Dozens of Palestinians were reported injured in the clashes, mainly from teargas inhalation.
Israel arrested Jaradat on February 18 after he was accused of throwing a rock and injuring an Israeli citizen.
The Palestinian Authority's chief pathologist, who attended Jaradat's autopsy in Israel on Sunday, said the autopsy revealed he had died as a result of torture, and not from heart failure, as Israeli authorities have said.
A statement from Israel's Ministry of Health disputed the Palestinian claim, saying that the initial findings from the autopsy could not determine the cause of death.