URGENT ¥¥¥ Detainee died under Israeli torture: Palestinians

A Palestinian prisoner who died in an Israeli jail was tortured to death, a Palestinian official said on Sunday dismissing Israeli suggestions that he had suffered a heart attack.

Arafat Jaradat's autopsy showed torture resulting from fractures in his body and skull while his heart was in good condition, Issa Qaraqaa, the minister in charge of prisoner affairs, said citing a Palestinian doctor who participated in the autopsy.

"These results prove Israel killed him," Qaraqaa told a news conference. Jaradat died on Saturday in an Israeli jail from what prison authorities said appeared to have been a heart attack.