Israeli soldiers caused the death of a Palestinian man after beating him during his arrest Monday overnight in the West Bank, the Palestinian's family claimed Tuesday. The Israeli army said that according to an initial investigation into the incident, the detained Palestinian was not beaten and was pronounced dead in a hospital after blacking out during the arrest.
Mohammad Zaghloul Arimawi, 24, was arrested by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Beit Rima. Arimawi's brother, Bashir, told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an that 40 Israeli soldiers raided their house near Ramallah. According to Bashir, several soldiers kicked Arimawi until he lost consciousness.
Bashir 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 were notified shortly after by Palestinian authorities that Arimawi had died without specifying the cause of death.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club, an NGO supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, blamed Israeli authorities for Arimawi's death.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in response: "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."