Palestinians protest after death in Israeli jail

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JERUSALEM — Israeli prison guards fired tear gas today to quell disturbances in cell blocks after Palestinian prisoners protested following the news of a fellow inmate’s death of cancer, an Israeli official said.

Palestinian officials accused Israel of not providing adequate medical care for Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, who died earlier today.

The 64-year-old was serving a life sentence for his role in a foiled attempt to bomb a busy cafe in Jerusalem in 2002.

Prisons Authority spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Abu Hamdiyeh was treated well by specialist doctors and died in a hospital in Beersheba.

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