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Report: Israel arrested 440 Palestinians in February

Tension raises between an Israeli police and a Palestinian outside of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Eastern Jerusalem on 29 January 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli police aggressively grabs a Palestinian man outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Eastern Jerusalem on 29 January 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces arrested 440 Palestinian citizens, including 67 children, 11 women and three journalists, in February, Al-Resalah newspaper reported yesterday.

According to a report issued by the Palestinian Prisoners' Centre for Studies, six of those detained were from Gaza, including three fishermen held at sea and one Palestinian arrested while passing through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing and two caught passing through the eastern fence.

The report named the journalists as Alaa Al-Rimawi, Mohamed Awad and Mujahid Beni Mefleh. Al-Rimawi and Awad were released, but Beni Mefleh, who was accused of inciting against Israel on social media, is still in prison.

Meanwhile, the report pointed out that the Israeli occupation forces raided prisons and damaged the properties of prisoners several times, noting that Rimon Prison was raided four times in February.

Prison authorities also confiscated electric stoves used by Palestinian detainees to cook their food, along with electric heaters.

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