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Israel issues 87 administrative detention orders

March 3, 2019 12:11 P.M. (Updated: March 5, 2019 2:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities issued 87 administrative detention orders, on Sunday, against a number of Palestinian prisoners held in various Israeli prisons.

Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) confirmed that 50 out of the 87 administrative detention orders are renewed orders, while the remaining 37 detainees received detention orders for the first time.

PPS added that the administrative detention orders were issued between October 1-16th.

The orders range from three to six months of prison.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,450 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 495 are in administrative detention, 53 are female prisoners, 215 are children, and 43 of the children are under the age of 16.

A report by Israeli NGO B'Tselem, which was based on the Israeli Prison Service statistics, read that over the last year, 29 Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on average, and 37 were released.

The report added that in the past decade, the number of detainees held by Israel in a single month never fell below 150.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.

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