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Clashes as Palestinians bury man who died in Israeli custody

Palestinians hurl stones at an Israeli police vehicle during clashes next to the Ofer military prison, south of the West Bank town of Ramallah, on Feb. 25, 2013. Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers after the funeral of a Palestinian who died in an Israeli jail.Atef Safadi / EPA
Palestinians carry the body of Arafat Jaradat during his funeral in the West Bank village of Se'eer, near Hebron, on Feb. 25, 2013. Jaradat's death in an Israeli jail on Saturday and a hunger strike by four other prisoners have raised tension in the West Bank, where stone-throwers have clashed repeatedly with Israeli soldiers in recent days.Darren Whiteside / Reuters
A relative mourns during the funeral of Arafat Jaradat in Se'eer on Feb. 25, 2013.Ammar Awad / Reuters

The Associated Press reportsA Palestinian man who died under disputed circumstances in Israeli custody was given a hero's funeral Monday, with thousands thronging his gravesite and Palestinian police firing a 21-gun salute.

Palestinian officials, citing an autopsy, say Arafat Jaradat was tortured during Israeli interrogation, while Israeli officials said more tests are needed to determine the cause of death.

The weekend death of the 30-year-old gas station attendant and father of two comes amid rising West Bank tensions that have prompted talk in Israel about the possibility of a new Palestinian uprising. There have also been daily protests in support of some 4,600 Palestinians held by Israel. Read the full story.


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