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Military Police to probe death of elderly Palestinian after alleged violent arrest

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Military Police have opened an investigation into the death of an elderly Palestinian man who allegedly suffered a heart attack after a violent arrest by Israel Defense Forces soldiers, the military says.

Jiljilya resident Amr Abd al-Majid As’ad, 80, was allegedly detained in his hometown after returning home late at night. “According to his family’s account, Israeli soldiers stopped him, tied his hands, and beat him, which led him to suffer a heart attack,” the Palestinian Authority health ministry said in a statement this morning.

The IDF acknowledges that As’ad had been arrested overnight, but does not comment on the allegations of violence.

“The Palestinian was arrested during an operation by IDF troops after he refused a security search. The detainee was released later that night,” the IDF says.

“The Military Police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the incident, after which the findings will be handed over to the Military Prosecution for consideration,” the IDF says.

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