Report: 6,500 Palestinian prisoners held in 24 Israeli jails

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City

Some 6,500 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in 24 Israeli jails, camps and detention centres, Quds Press reported, quoting the head of the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs (CDA).

Issa Qaraqe said that Israel has arrested an unprecedented number of Palestinians this year when compared to previous years. Some 4,000 people have been arrested, 850 of which are minors, he explained.

He added that the prisoners are in an “urgent” need of international protection as a result of the Israeli authorities’ violations of international humanitarian laws with regards the treatment of prisoners.

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Israel, Qaraqe added, deliberately targets children and minors torturing them “collectively”.

Of those detained, he explained, 500 are being held under the controversial policy of administrative detention. They include a number of minors.

    Administrative detention is the arrest and detention of individuals by the state without charge or trial. It is applicable on a renewable six month term.

The ban of medical treatment for prisoners, he noted, has also raised concerns over the health conditions of hundreds of sick and seriously wounded detainees.

“Prisoners’ freedom and respect of their rights are the key for peace and stability in the region,” he stressed, calling for more support for those detained and their families who face “arbitrary measures” at the hands of Israeli authorities.

(Source / 31.08.2017)

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