- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP (AP) - A Gaza-based human rights group is calling on Hamas to investigate the beating death of a Palestinian man in the militant group’s custody.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says Jamil Assaf died Wednesday after he was beaten to death by security forces belonging to Hamas, the Islamic group ruling Gaza.

The rights group says a forensic report shows he was harshly beaten and died of kidney failure.

Assaf’s family says their son was arrested in early March.

The group said Assaf is the fifth to die in detention since Hamas overran Gaza in June 2007. During the same period, al-Haq, another Palestinian rights group, says four people have died in custody in the West Bank, which is ruled by Hamas rival Fatah of President Mahmoud Abbas.

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