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A joint statement issued by two Palestinian prisoner associations has announced the passing of a prominent Palestinian doctor in an Israeli prison after more than four months of incarceration.

The associations have attributed the death to Israel and described it as an “assassination.” The deceased, identified as Adnan Al-Bursh, previously served as the head of orthopedics at Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest medical facility. He was detained by Israeli forces while working temporarily at Al-Awada Hospital in northern Gaza.

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As per the associations, Al-Bursh’s body is still in Israeli custody. The Israeli prison service acknowledged the death of a prisoner held for national security reasons at Ofer prison on April 19 but did not disclose further details about the cause of death.

A spokesperson for the prison service confirmed that the deceased referred to in their statement was indeed Al-Bursh and stated that an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

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