The defense establishment is gearing for another day of potentially violent riots and clashes in the West Bank,
ahead of Arafat Jaradat's
Security forces have bolstered deployment near Hebron
and in the area surrounding the villages of Beit Einun and Saeer, where Jaradat resided.
Jaradat, a 39-year-old Palestinian security prisoner held in Megiddo Prison, died Saturday from an apparent cardiac arrest.
His body was autopsied at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine, with family members and Palestinian Authority officials in attendance.
Riot near Hebron (Photo: Reuters)
The Palestinians claim that his death was caused by torture, but the autopsy found no external physical injuries.
Jaradat's death agitated further the already highly tense West Bank, sparking a series of riots.
Sunday saw hundreds of Palestinians clash
with security forces during several demonstrations held over the prisoner's death.
Saeer (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Furthermore, some 4,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel
began what may become a widespread hunger strike
in protest of the incident.
Sources in the Israel Prison Service said they hope the strike would end, further noting that the prisoners have to refuse all meals for 48 hours for the protest measure to be recognized as a full-fledged hunger strike.
As Sunday's riots spread, Israel relayed a demand to the Palestinian Authority
to take all the necessary measures to calm the situation on the ground.
Nearing boiling point. West Bank, Sunday (Photo: AFP)
The communiqué was delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
special envoy Attorney Yitzhak Molcho.
Military sources noted that the PA's security forces are not usually present near Saeer and therefore would not be able to curb any violence, should it erupt.
forces have deployed in several points outside to village, to ensure that order is maintained during the funeral procession; and to stem any riots from reaching the nearby Highway 60.
Troops stationed in the vicinity of Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank have also been placed on high alert.
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