Ramallah: A 68-year-old female Palestinian prisoner died Saturday morning in an Israeli prison, with the exact reason unknown, the Palestinian Prisoners Club Association said in a statement.
Saadia Farajallah, mother of eight from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, “died in the Israeli prison of Damon in northern Israel”, the Palestinian non-governmental organization said, adding that she was the “oldest female prisoner in an Israeli prison”, Xinhua news agency reported.
Farajallah was arrested near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron after she tried to stab Israeli soldiers in December 2021.
The exact cause of her death remains unknown, with the Israeli authorities giving no official comment on the incident.
The Israel Prison Service said Farajallah, who was suffering from a chronic illness and receiving regular treatment, was returned this week from hospital to the prison. An investigation has been opened into the circumstances of her death.
Tayseer Farajallah, Sa’deya’s brother, told Xinhua that his sister did not suffer from any diseases in the past and that “the prison subjected Sa’deya to torture” and left her “without providing necessary treatment.”
He said “family members could not visit her during her detention under false pretexts,” accusing the Israeli authorities of being “fully responsible” for her death and demanding an autopsy to uncover the leading cause of her death.