Gaza Worker Detained in Israel Killed in Ofer Prison

Palestinian worker Majed Ahmed Zaqoul, 32, was killed in an Israeli prison. (Photo: via Social Media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“The occupation authorities not only assassinated Zaqoul but also kept it quiet until two days ago”, two prisoners’ rights groups said.

A Palestinian worker detained by Israeli forces following the October 7 Hamas attack has been killed in Ofer Prison, two prisoners’ rights groups said in a joint statement on Monday.

“The Israeli occupation authorities covered up the assassination of prisoner Zaqoul until it was announced through their media,” a joint issued by the state Commission of Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said.

According to the groups, Majed Ahmed Zaqoul, 32, had moved to the occupied West Bank three years ago to make it easier to seek work in Israel. He was married with one child and he suffered from cancer. 

“The occupation authorities not only assassinated Zaqoul, but also kept it quiet until two days ago, using its media outlets to announce the release of two workers, one from Ofer Prison, and the other from Anatot detention camp,” the statement continued. 

“Their identities have not yet been revealed. Moreover, the occupation has still not revealed the identity of another prisoner who was martyred,” it added.

Thousands of workers from Gaza, who were employed in Israel when the war started, went missing amid the Israeli campaign of mass arrests.

On Friday, Israeli authorities released thousands of Palestinian workers from Gaza back to the besieged and war-torn enclave. 

According to their “horrific testimonies”, Zaqoul was subjected to systematic abuse.


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