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Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth during clashes in al-Quds (Jerusalem), November 15, 2012.

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth during clashes in al-Quds (Jerusalem), November 15, 2012.

Israeli forces have abducted over 25 Palestinians, including several senior Hamas legislators, in the occupied West Bank. The abduction occurred overnight Sunday in the cities of Nablus, Ramallah and al-Khalil (Hebron). Palestinian lawmaker Hatim Qafisha from al-Khalil and another legislator Ahmad Attoun from al-Quds (Jerusalem) were among the abductees. Palestinian human rights groups have condemned the abductions, saying the move is aimed at destabilizing the ongoing reconciliation efforts among Palestinian factions. Many of the inmates are under so-called administrative detention. The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing regime forces to make arrests without formal charges for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time. Palestinian prisoners have been subject to human rights violations such as the use of torture during interrogations by Israeli prison authorities. AO/HSN/HJL