Palestinian prisoner held in Israel dies after cancer battle

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prisons service says an incarcerated Palestinian has died after battling cancer.

In a statement, the service said Sami Abu Diak, 35, was serving three life sentences for murder and attempted murder, among other charges. He died in an Israeli hospital early Tuesday.

The Palestinian Authority and Abu Diak’s family had requested his release to allow him to die at his family’s side but Israeli officials denied the request. The Palestinians also reached out to European countries and the Red Cross to apply pressure on Israel to release him.

Previous deaths of terminally ill Palestinian prisoners have sparked protests and accusations of medical negligence by Israeli authorities.

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