[Pnews] Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 1319 Palestinians during the months of January and February
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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 1319 Palestinians during the months
of January and February
14 March 2018
Ramallah / Gaza:
During January and February 2018, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested
1319 Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territories, including
274 children, 23 women and 4 journalists.
These figures are drawn from a joint report for the months of January
and February, which was issued by the Prisoners and Liberties Affairs
Association, Palestinian Prisoner Club, Addameer Prisoner Support and
Human Rights Association, and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights) on Tuesday.
Those arrested included: 381 individuals from Jerusalem; 233 from
Ramallah and Al Bireh governorate; 140 from Hebron governorate; 133 from
Jenin; 118 from Bethlehem; 107 citizens from the governorate of Nablus;
59 from Tulkarm governorate; 54 from Qalqiliya governorate; 20 from
Salfit; 21 from Jericho; and 30 from the Gaza Strip.
The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails, as
of February 28, 2018, was 6500. Of whom 63 were women, including 6
girls, and 350 were children. In regard to the policy of administrative
detention, the occupation authorities issued 169 administrative orders
since the beginning of the year, which includes including 52 new orders.
At the end of the period, the total number of administrative detainees
Additionally, the report highlights the cases of Yassin al-Saradih from
Jericho and Ismael Abu Riala from Gaza. In these particular instances,
the occupation authorities violated their right to life during their
detention. According to the human rights institutions, the Israeli
occupation forces have killed 213 detainees since 1967. The majority of
these died as a result of torture, which amounted to 72.
The report also drew attention to the issue of naked searches carried
out by Israeli prison authorities. Several testimonies were submitted
by detainees, which claimed that these searches violated their basic
It also refers to violations against female prisoners in Israeli
prisons, which have been documented through visits by human rights
organizations. These violations include: the denial of medical
treatment, which is especially pertinent as a number of them suffer from
injuries and health problems, poor quality food, overcrowding in the
places of detention, and physical and psychological abuse.
The report stresses that the occupying state is committing grave and
systematic violations of the rules of international law and
international human rights law. It calls for the establishment of a
fact-finding committee by the Human Rights Council on Israeli violations
of detainees, and for the activation of international accountability
mechanisms towards perpetrators. The human rights organizations also
call on the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to take
up their responsibilities, and to pressure the occupying state to
respect the rules of international humanitarian law and the rights of
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