Tragic death of injured Gazan man near Ofer prison
February 23, 2012

An injured Palestinian man from Gaza has died after was forced to leave an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem and dumped near Ofer military prison in the West Bank by Israeli forces.

Omar Jebreen, from the Rafah district of Gaza, came to Israel seeking employment, and was taken to hospital when he had an accident. When hospital staff realized that the man in their care was Palestinian, he was turned over to police, despite his critical medical condition.

When police were unable to ascertain the man's identity, he was taken to Makaby checkpoint, where military officers refused to let Jebreen pass. He was then taken to Highway 45 between Atroot and Ofer military prison and thrown from the car. By this time night had fallen, and Jebreen would lie there for two days before passing away.

Jebreen's brother stated that "if they were going to refuse him treatment, why didn't they bring him back to Gaza?"