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US State Department ‘deeply disturbed’ by death of Abbas critic in PA custody, urges probe

Protesters in Ramallah call for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resign on June 24, 2021, following the death of Palestinian human rights activist Nizar Banat. Banat who died shortly after being arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces. His family claimed he was beaten to death (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
Protesters in Ramallah call for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resign on June 24, 2021, following the death of Palestinian human rights activist Nizar Banat. Banat who died shortly after being arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces. His family claimed he was beaten to death (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

The US State Department says it is “deeply disturbed” by the death of Nizar Banat, a prominent critic of the Palestinian Authority, who died in what his family alleges was a violent arrest by PA security forces earlier today.

“We urge the Palestinian Authority to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation, and to ensure full accountability in this case. We have serious concerns about Palestinian Authority restrictions on the exercise of freedom of expression by Palestinians and harassment of civil society activists and organizations,” State Department spokesman Ned Price says in a statement.

The statement also offers condolences to Banat’s family.

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