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Human rights report: 4,605 Palestinians arrested in West Bank by Israeli occupation

Wednesday 20-December-2023

The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority and the Palestinian Prisoners Association confirmed on Tuesday that the number of Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank has risen to 4,605 since October 7th, following the arrest of 30 individuals on Tuesday.

The two institutions said in their joint statement that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) “arrested 30 individuals early Tuesday, raising the number of detainees in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, to approximately 4,605 Palestinians since October 7th.”

According to the information provided in the statement, “this figure does not include the arrest cases carried out by the IOF in the Gaza Strip.”

The two human rights institutions documented the grave violations that accompanied the arrest campaign and raids, including extensive acts of torture, brutal beatings, threats against detainees and their families, as well as field investigations, widespread destruction and sabotage of citizens’ homes, and direct gunfire with the intent to kill.

The IOF launched a large-scale arrest and raid campaign across various parts of the West Bank on Tuesday and besieged a mosque as part of its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people wherever they are present.

It is worth noting that several institutions concerned with Palestinian prisoner affairs affirmed in a study issued last week that the IOF has arrested 4,000 Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7th.

The human rights institutions, including the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority, the Palestinian Prisoners Association, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, and the Al-Dameer Foundation for Prisoners and Human Rights, presented a “special report” regarding the arrest campaigns carried out by the IOF after October 7th, along with the accompanying crimes and the situation of prisoners in Israeli prisons.

The report documented that the arrest campaigns resulted in approximately 4,000 arrests, with the highest number occurring in al-Khalil Governorate, which reached 1,000.

It added that the number of arrests among women reached 150, including women who were arrested in 1948 Occupied Palestine while the arrests among children exceeded 255.

The number of arrests among Palestinian journalists since October 7th reached 45, with 32 still being held in detention.

Since the beginning of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip on October 7th, the IOF has escalated its military operations in the West Bank, intensifying incursions and raids on towns and camps, resulting in dozens of casualties and hundreds of detainees.

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