IDF Investigating Death of Diabetic Palestinian Delayed at Checkpoint

Mohammad E'lieyat, a French citizen, passed away from heart attack, dehydration, after long wait at checkpoint.

The IDF is investigating the circumstances of the death on Saturday of a 63-year-old Palestinian man who had been delayed earlier at the Al-Hamra checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley, Army Radio reported.

Mohammad Damen Abed Al-Karim E'lieyat, a diabetic with high blood pressure, made several attempts to pass through the checkpoint but was held up by Israeli authorities because he held French citizenship, according to the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency.

E'lieyat, who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, was allowed to pass after several hours, but later died in a taxi. Palestinian medical officials said he died of a heart attack and dehydration.

On Sunday morning, MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) said Defense Minister Ehud Brak was responsible for E'lieyat's death and expressed hope that French President Nicolas Sarkozy would become involved in the matter.