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Israel detained 509 Palestinians in March, report says

April 9, 2017 10:55 P.M. (Updated: April 12, 2017 2:49 P.M.)
(File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 509 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of March, prisoners’ rights organizations said in a joint report on Sunday.

The report -- written by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Addameer -- said that the detainees included 75 minors, 13 women, two teenage girls, five journalists, and five Palestinian lawmakers.

Some 160 Palestinians were detained in occupied East Jerusalem, while 338 were detained in the occupied West Bank, and 11 were detained from the besieged Gaza Strip, Sunday’s report stated.

The report added that 111 of these prisoners were being held under administrative detention -- Israel’s infamous policy of internment without trial or charges.

The four groups who released the report strongly denounced "systematic Israeli violations of international law, which affect Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody," and urged the international community to "take effective measures to get the occupation state (Israel) to respect the international law regarding human rights."

The report came two days after the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies estimated that Israeli authorities had detained some 1,360 Palestinians in the first three months of 2017.

According to Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, including 53 women, 300 minors, and 536 held in administrative detention. The group has estimated that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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