The number of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem detained since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital stands at 50, according to a local committee that tracks arrests.
“Israeli forces have arrested some 50 [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem, including two women, since last week’s Trump declaration,” Amjad Abu Assab, head of the Committee for Families of Jerusalem’s Prisoners, told the Anadolu Agency.
He went on to note that one third of those detained were minors under the age of 17.
He said most of them had been picked up off the street, or during sit-ins and protests in and around Damascus Gate, in the Old City.
According to Abu Assab, many of the detained young men had been injured, either by rubber bullets or were beaten by Israeli security personnel.
In a statement today, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, a local NGO, said as many as 200 Palestinians had been detained across the occupied territories since last Wednesday’s announcement by the US president.
According to official Palestinian figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians – many of them children – are currently languishing in detention facilities throughout Israel.