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Israel puts 37 Palestinians under 'administrative detention'

Palestinian journalists run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during a demonstration in support of Palestinian journalists on the occasion of the World Press Freedom day outside the compound of the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, on May 3, 2016 . (AFP photo)

The Israeli military has placed more than three dozen Palestinians under administrative detention, sending them to prison without charge or trial.

Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said Wednesday that 10 detainees were placed under administrative detention for the first time, while the orders were extended for 27 others.

Among the detainees was MP Abdol Jaber al-Foghaha, a member of the Palestine Legislative Council (PLC).

The MP has previously spent seven years in Israeli jails.

Israeli officials also issued a new one-year extension to the detention of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy.

Under administrative detention, Israel keeps prisoners in custody without charge or trial for up to six months, a period which can be extended indefinitely by Israeli military courts.

In most cases, the detainees are simply informed that there is “secret evidence” against them and that they are being held for “security reasons.”

There are reportedly more than 6,500 Palestinians held at Israeli jails, with some 750 of them held in administrative detention.

The inmates, mostly activists and journalists, regularly hold hunger strikes in protest at both the administrative detention policy and harsh prison conditions.

Relatives and supporters of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq hold posters and portraits as they demonstrate against Israeli administrative detentions in the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron) on February 5, 2016. ©AFP

In recent months, the regime in Tel Aviv has stepped up its arrest campaign against Palestinian activists amid simmering tensions in the occupied West Bank.

In mid-May the PPS said Israeli military forces had arrested at least 2,000 Palestinian children under the age of 18 since the third Intifada (uprising) against the Tel Aviv regime swept through occupied territories last October.

The PPS stated that the number of arrested Palestinian children and teenagers has hit a record high compared to previous years, noting that Israeli officials view the youngsters as the driving force behind the ongoing Intifada across the occupied lands.

At least 213 Palestinians have so far been killed at the hands of Israeli forces since October 2015.

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