Report: Israel detained 554 people, including 130 children, in October

RAMALLAH,- Israel detained 554 Palestinians during the month of October, including 130 minors and 11 women, according to a joint report by rights and prisoners' advocacy groups published Wednesday.

The Prisoners' Affairs Commission, the Prisoner's Society, al-Mezan for Human Rights and Addameer said in their joint monthly report on situation of detainees from the occupied Palestinian territories held in Israeli jails that almost half of the detainees were from Jerusalem.

A total of 261 people were arrested in Jerusalem during October, said the report, including 91 minors, which it said was a high number when compared to the previous month.

Hebron in the south of the West Bank comes next with 60 cases of detentions, 54 from the Nablus district in the north, 48 from Bethlehem area, 30 from Jenin area, 27 from Ramallah, 26 from Tulkarm, 23 from Qalqiliya, nine from Toubas, eight from Jericho and four each from Salfit and the Gaza Strip.

According to the report, 7000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, including 64 women among whom 13 are minors. Around 400 children are in detention.

It said some 700 Palestinians are currently serving terms in Israeli prisons under administrative detention without charge or trial, with a total of 120 placed in administrative detention in October among them 34 were new orders while the rest had their orders renewed.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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