Thirty-year-old Arafat Jaradat of the Judean village of Sa'ir, near Hevron, died of a heart attack, Saturday, in the Meggido Prison, where he was being held since Monday on suspicion of throwing stones that injured an Israeli next to the nearby Jewish community of Kiryat Arba'. During questioning, he confessed to other activities, including throwing rocks at Highway 60, close to his village.
Before his arrest, Jaradat was known to suffer back pains and had been wounded by a rubber bullet in his left leg and a gas grenade in his stomach. During his interrogation and on Thursday, he was examined by doctors and not found to have any other problems. He felt bad after lunch and emergency teams were summoned but were unable to save him. Police are investigating. The Shabak Israel Security Agency stressed Jaradat was not one of the prisoners engaging in hunger strikes.