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Israel has abducted 9,600 Palestinians in West Bank since October: Rights groups

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In a massive abduction campaign, Israel has taken away 9,600 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds since October, Palestinian rights groups say.

It was announced in a joint statement on Tuesday by the Palestinian Detainees Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

According to the statement, this figure includes 325 women, 670 children and 88 journalists.

Furthermore, more than 7,500 orders of the so-called administrative detention have been issued in the besieged Gaza Strip since early October, ranging between new orders and renewals, including orders against children and women.

Administrative detention is an inhumane policy exercised by Israel, which allows authorities to incarcerate Palestinians indefinitely without pressing formal charges or putting them on trial.

“Detention campaigns carried out since October 7 are accompanied by escalated crimes and violations such as humiliation, brutal beat, threats against detainees and their families, besides to vandalism and destruction in detainees’ houses, confiscating vehicles, gold and money, in addition to the destruction of infrastructure especially in the refugee camps of Tulkarem and Jenin,” the statement said.


According to the document, the corpses of 16 detainees who were killed by Israeli troops after October 7 are still withheld by Israeli authorities. The figure is out of 27 Palestinian abductees who were killed.

The statement added that the total number of all Palestinian detainees from all Palestinian territories held in Israeli prisons stands at 9,700, including 3,380 under administrative detention.

Israel keeps Palestinian inmates under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards. Palestinian inmates have also been subject to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.

Early this year, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners' Society jointly said, “The number of administrative detainees in Israeli prisons is the highest since the 1987 [Palestinian] uprising [against the Israeli occupation], surging to 3,291 administrative detainees by the end of last December.”

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