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Israel arrested 15,000 Palestinian women since 1967

An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian women after she was sprayed with colored pepper spray in the West Bank town of Hebron [ Mamoun Wazwaz/Apaimages]
An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian women after she was sprayed with colored pepper spray in the West Bank town of Hebron [ Mamoun Wazwaz/Apaimages]

Israel has arrested some 15,000 Palestinian women since 1967, a Palestinian organisation revealed in a report today.

The Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs added that there are currently 65 women and girls held by Israel, 16 of them minors, 18 married, 11 sick, and one held under administrative detention.

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    Palestinian women are currently held in Israeli jails

The women are held in Sharon and Damon prisons, the report said ahead of International Women’s Day which is marked tomorrow.

Read: Israeli forces detained 420 Palestinians in February

Shireen Al-Issawi, sister of former hunger striker and present prisoner Samer Issawi, suffers from dizziness. She has been banned from receiving books to continue a course she started before her arrest, the report added.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians are being held in Israeli detention as of January, including 353 women and children.

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