Suspect dies in custody in Palestinian jail

Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights says it fears Ibrahim Aaraj might have been tortured.

Gaza City: A Palestinian human rights group is demanding an inquiry into the death of a Gaza man in Hamas police custody.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights says it fears Ibrahim Aaraj might have been tortured while in custody at the Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Centre staff said on Monday that they saw a fracture on the top of his head and bruises on his forehead, face, back and limbs.

Aaraj`s brother, Mohammed, said that his brother was arrested on Thursday by narcotics squad officers. Gaza`s Islamic militant Hamas rulers take a harsh view of drug offenses.

Hamas police say an investigation is under way.

Since Hamas wrested control of Gaza in 2007, eight people have died in police custody under questionable circumstances.

Bureau Report

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link

Close