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Israel sentences 18 Palestinians to administrative detention

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian prisoners near the Ofer Prison in Ramallah, West Bank on April 20, 2017. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian prisoners near the Ofer Prison in Ramallah, West Bank on April 20, 2017. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )

Israeli authorities sentenced 18 Palestinians to administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – at Ofer military court today.

According to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), all of the prisoners received detention orders for between three to six months, which can be renewed by Israeli authorities after their completion.

PPS reported that ten Palestinian prisoners were ordered to administrative detention for four months. They identified the Palestinians as: Mahmoud Ali Saada, Sadi Muhammad Khdirat, Mousa Ahmad Balbul, Jihad Wadah Qutab, Hamza Jabir Kawazba, Ayman Muhammad Abu Ebied, Yazan Waleed Ayyash, Azzam Hassan Rabi, Nour Al-Din Al-Talahma and Jamal Musalamani.

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Six prisoners were sentenced to administrative detention for six months, PPS named them as: Murad Maamoun Awawda, Taimor Hisham Barghouthi, Nour Al-Din Al-Qadi, Abd Al-Nasser Rabi, Muhamad Omar Qanna and Tamer Abd Al-Karim Al-Haj Ali.

Israeli authorities also issued three-month sentences for Yousif Muhammad Al-Haq and Mahmoud Abd Al-Latif Deik.

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Rights groups and activists have long pointed out that Israel's uses administrative detention to detain Palestinians without justification.

According to Addameer, 6,279 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of August, 465 of whom were administrative detainees. The group has estimated that some 40 per cent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

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