Over 6,500 Palestinians Held in Israeli Prisons

KABUL: (Middle East Press) More than 6,500 Palestinians, including hundreds of children, are currently being imprisoned in Israeli jails, Palestinian officials reported.

On Wednesday, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, the head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee, said that most of the Palestinian detainees were being held over the past few months.

“Latest figures indicate that the current number of detainees is 6,500, held in 18 prisons, detention camps and interrogation centers,” Ferwana said. “Two hundred of them are children. 21 are women, and almost 500 are held under administrative detention, without charges or trial.”

The Palestinian official added that the arrests and imprisonments had been done in “revenge” and reprisal against a civilian population.

About 4,000 Palestinians have been detained since June, when three Israeli settlers disappeared and their bodies were found afterwards.

He added that 31 of the detainees have been in prison for more than 20 years, while 16 have been in jail for over 25 years. Also, 478 detainees are serving a life term.

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