No Signs of Violence Found on Palestinian Who Died in Detention, Medical Experts Say

Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi's family claims he was attacked by troops who arrested him; autopsy yet to be conducted

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The house of Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi, according to Ma'an News Agency.
The house of Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi, according to Ma'an News Agency.Credit: Ma'an News Agency
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Medical experts said no signs of violence were found on the body of a Palestinian who died while in detention after his family claimed he hwas beaten during his arrest Monday night. 

Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi, 24, was arrested by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Beit Rima. The military said Arimawi was not beaten and that he lost consciousness during the arrest and later died in the hospital. 

Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi.
Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi.Credit: Ma'an News Agency

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An autopsy has yet to be conducted to determine the causes of his death. His brother, Bashir, told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an that 40 Israeli soldiers had raided their house near Ramallah. According to him, soldiers kicked Arimawi until he lost consciousness.

Arimawi's brother further said a Palestinian intelligence officer called the family on Tuesday and asked if Arimawi suffered from any pre-existing medical conditions. The family claimed he was healthy, and they were notified shortly after by Palestinian authorities that Arimawi had died without specifying the cause of death.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said of Arimawi’s death: "During an arrest tonight in the village Beit Rima in the Efraim Brigade, the detainee lost consciousness. He was treated on location by the Israeli force. He was taken to a hospital by IDF as they performed resuscitation efforts. He died in the hospital. An initial inquiry of the forces shows no violence was enacted during the arrest. The incident will be investigated."