Hebron, 23 Jumadil Awal 1434/4 April 2013 (MINA) – Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank for the second day following the death of a Palestinian prisoner in the Tel Aviv regime’s custody.

      On Wednesday, Israeli military fired tear gas to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and the town of Beit Ummar, according to PressTV report monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

      Clashes also spread to areas around the Israeli-operated Ofer prison located near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, where Israeli troops tried to scatter the gathering.

       Meanwhile, people observed a general strike across the Palestinian lands to mourn the death of Maisarah Abu Hamdiah, a cancer-stricken inmate, who lost his life in an Israeli jail due to the lack of medical care on Tuesday.

        Reports indicated that schools, shops and offices have remained closed in al-Khalil (Hebron) as part of the general strike.

       Sivan Weizman, a spokeswoman of the Israel Prison Service also said “4,600 prisoners refused their breakfast this morning in a protest after the death of a prisoner yesterday.”

        Following the report of Abu Hamdiah’s death, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said he held the Israeli regime responsible for the death of the 64-year-old inmate.

        Abbas added that the death of Hamdiah showed the Tel Aviv regime’s “arrogance and intransigence over the prisoners”. (T/P01/E1).

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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