RAMALLAH, February 1, 2016 (WAFA) – At least 551 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli occupation authorities in January 2016 alone, said a report.
According to a joint report issued for the first time by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Addameer Prisoner Support Human Rights Association, and the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission, the 551 detention cases included 131 children and six women.
This brings up the number of Palestinians who were detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of unrest in the occupied Palestinian territories in early October 2015 to over 3,500, stated the report.
The groups said that Hebron bore the brunt of these arrests, with 132 detention cases recorded, followed by 120 cases in Hebron. The report added that 65 Palestinians were detained in Nablus; 52 in Ramallah; 47 in Jenin; 4 in Bethlehem; 23 in Tulkarm; 19 in Qalqilia; 11 in Tubas; 10 in Jericho; and eight in Salfit.
Two members of the Palestine Legislative Council (PLC), Hatem Qafisha and Mohammad Abu Teir, were also detained in January, which brought up the number of PLC members incarcerated in Israeli jails to seven.
Two journalists, Mujahed Saadi and Mahmoud Qawasmi, were further detained by Israeli authorities in January. Seven students were reportedly detained during the same period.
Meanwhile, the report said the number of female prisoners in Israeli jails rose to 54 during the reporting period, including eight female minors, while the number of minor rose to 450.