Nablus father ‘scared to death’ after Palestinian police arrest son


The victim, Sa’di al-Sakhel, suffered a massive coronary after Abbas’ security agents arrested his son Musab.



A 62-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus died of a heart attack on Saturday shortly after Palestinian Authority security forces arrested his son.
PA policeman.

PA policeman. – Photo: REUTERS

The man, Sa’di al-Sakhel, suffered a massive heart attack after security agents belonging to the Preventive Security Force arrested his son, Musab.

The son was released immediately after the father was pronounced dead at the Al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus.

A PA security source said that Musab was suspected of membership in Hamas.

Another son, Nael, was released last year from Israeli prison in the Gilad Schalit prisoner swap and deported to the Gaza Strip.

The death of al-Sakhlel triggered violent protests in Nablus, where scores of angry demonstrators clashed with PA policemen and tried to storm a local police station.

In a related development, Palestinians in the West Bank launched a campaign to resist PA security forces’ security clampdown against activists.

Entitled, “I Don’t Care,” the campaign is aimed at foiling summons for interrogation issued by various branches of the PA security forces, especially against supporters of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

A similar campaign waged two years ago was entitled, “I’m Not Going [for interrogation].”

The latest campaign came in response to an upsurge in a PA crackdown on Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters in the West Bank.

According to the organizers of the campaign, the PA security forces have arrested or summoned for interrogation more than 120 Palestinians since the beginning of this month.

Also Saturday, the PA security forces arrested five Palestinian men in the West Bank on suspicion of being affiliated with Hamas. Many of the men who were arrested by the PA in recent months had been released from Israeli prisons.


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