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574 Palestinians arrested in July

Some 574 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli occupation forces in July, a joint statement by human rights groups revealed yesterday.

The Prisoners' Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners' Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Al-Mezan Human Rights Association said in their statement that 189 Palestinian were arrested from occupied Jerusalem, 369 from the West Bank and 16 from the Gaza Strip.

The numbers include 112 children and 12 women.

There are currently around 350 Palestinian children being held in Israeli the prisons of Megiddo and Ofer located west of occupied Ramallah, the statement said.

This is in addition to the 62 women, including 13 minors, who are also being held.

Twenty-one Palestinian journalists are also being detained.

Occupation forces issued 127 administrative detention orders in July, 38 of them were new. This brings the number of Palestinians held under this system to 750, the statement said.

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