July 04,2016

3412 Palestinians arrested during the first half of 2016


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The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested 3,412 Palestinians during the first half of 2016 including 706 children and 96 women and girls. The figures were documented in a joint report issued by the PA committee for prisoners and ex-prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Addameer organisation for human rights, and al-Mizan center for human rights. Since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015, 6,326 Palestinians were arrested at the hands of Israeli forces. Since the beginning of 2016, Israeli authorities issued 1,028 administrative detention orders. 7,000 Palestinian women, 11 children and two MPs were also placed under administrative detention during the reported period. There are currently 750 administrative detainees in Israeli jails, the report pointed out. 123 Palestinians from Gaza Strip were also arrested since the beginning of the year including 83 fishermen. According to the report, 330 Palestinian minors are still held in Megiddo and Ofer prisons including sick and injured boys. 15 girls are also held in HaSharon and Damon prisons. Along the same line, Israeli authorities placed 65 Jerusalemite minors under house arrest since the start of 2016. The report said that 65 Palestinian women and 700 sick prisoners are arbitrarily held in Israeli jails in total disregard to their special needs. Since October 2015, 170 Palestinians mostly minors were arrested on charges of “incitement” on online social media. During the reported period, 33 Palestinian prisoners declared hunger strike in protest against Israeli arbitrary and punitive measures. The joint statement called on international human rights organizations and the free world to act urgently to expose Israeli documented violations and breaches of international laws.

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