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Report: Israel arrested 496 Palestinians in January

Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al Naqab Prison
Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al Naqab Prison, 15 January 2020 [Palinfo]

Israeli occupation forces arrested 496 Palestinians in January 2020, including 67 children and 16 women; a new report said.

The joint report issued by three Palestinian prisoners' affairs organisations revealed that Israeli occupation forces have arrested 245 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem, 30 Palestinians from Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, 70 Palestinians from Hebron Governorate, 43 Palestinians from Jenin Governorate, 32 Palestinians from Bethlehem Governorate and 14 Palestinians from Nablus Governorate.

The remaining prisoners were arrested from across the occupied West Bank in addition to nine Palestinians who were arrested from Gaza Strip.

The report explained that with the new detainees; the number of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel reached about 5,000 including 42 female prisoners and 200 minors.

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It pointed out that the number of administrative detainees has reached about 450 prisoners.

The organisations stressed in their report that the Israeli authorities continue to violate international humanitarian laws and the Geneva Conventions and fight the Palestinian presence through a set of systematic and complex policies, and consolidate their grave violations through a judicial system that constitutes the primary tool in legalising and perpetuating their crimes.

They went on to call on the local, regional and international organisations to take effective steps to protect the Palestinian presence especially in light of the escalating policy of systematic torture which affected dozens of detainees.

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