Including 3,291 detainees without trial 8,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons Including 3,291 detainees without trial 8,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons

Including 3,291 detainees without trial 8,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons

Including 3,291 detainees without trial 8,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons

Official data from the Israeli Prisons Service revealed that Israel detains 8,600 Palestinian prisoners in its prisons, including 3,291 administrative detainees without trial. An Israeli human rights body said that the treatment of prisoners contravenes international law.

An Israeli human rights report revealed on Tuesday that the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons has risen to 8,600, including those who have been arrested since the outbreak of the war on the Gaza Strip on October 7.

The Israeli Human Rights Defense Center, HaMoked, said, based on the Israeli Prison Service: “By January 2024, Israel is holding 2,114 sentenced prisoners and 2,534 pretrial detainees.”

The center’s report stated that among the detainees in Israeli prisons were “3,291 administrative detainees without trial.”

Israel also detains in its prisons “661 people as illegal combatants who were arrested by Israel as of last October 7 around the Gaza Strip and inside the Strip,” according to the report.

The report also noted that "Israel's treatment of (Palestinian) security prisoners violates their rights to equality, dignity, family life, education, etc., which is contrary to international law."

The Israeli army said in a statement on Tuesday morning that it arrested seven Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during the night, bringing the total number of those arrested to “about 2,550 throughout the West Bank, about 1,300 of whom belong to the Hamas organization since the outbreak of the current war.”

On Monday, the Hamas movement called on the International Committee of the Red Cross and international human rights institutions to document “Israel’s arbitrary and systematic violations” against the prisoners, to bring them before the competent courts and hold those responsible accountable.

The total number of Palestinians detained from the occupied West Bank in Israeli prisons has risen to 4,910 since the start of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, according to the latest joint statement issued Monday by the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

Since October 7, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on Gaza that, as of Tuesday, left “22,185 martyrs and 57,035 injured, most of them children and women, massive destruction of infrastructure and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe,” according to the Gaza Strip authorities and the United Nations.

Since the same date, the Israeli occupation army has intensified its military operations in the West Bank, and increased the pace of incursions and raids into towns and camps, leaving dozens of martyrs and hundreds of detainees.

From the West Bank and Gaza Israel keeps the bodies of 450 martyrs in its refrigerators and cemeteries

A Palestinian institution accused the Israeli occupation forces of withholding the bodies of 450 Palestinian martyrs from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She indicated that the year 2023 is the highest in the number of detained bodies.

A Palestinian institution said on Tuesday that Israel is holding the bodies of 450 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip in cemeteries and refrigerators.

The National Campaign to Recover the Bodies of the Martyrs (unofficial) explained in a statement, “The Israeli authorities are detaining 450 Palestinian bodies in the occupation’s cemeteries and morgues, including 256 martyrs in the Numbers Cemetery, and 194 martyrs since the return of the detention policy in 2015.”

The campaign indicated that “18 of the detained bodies are of prisoners who died inside occupation prisons, 21 children under the age of 18, 5 women, and 52 bodies from the Gaza Strip, before October 7, 2023,” referring to the start of the war on Gaza.

The campaign indicated that "47 bodies belong to Palestinians killed in the West Bank, including the city of East Jerusalem, since October 7."

The campaign explained that the year 2023 is “the highest in the number of detained bodies, as Israel detained 101 bodies, and still retains 79 of them.”

The campaign said that these numbers do not include the bodies of martyrs detained in Gaza and its surroundings since October 7, “due to the lack of accurate information.”

The "cemeteries of numbers" are simple cemeteries surrounded by stones without any evidence. A metal plate is installed above each grave bearing the number of the body's owner, not his name. Each number has a special file maintained by the Israeli security authorities.

In September 2019, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the military commander to temporarily detain the bodies of Palestinians killed by the army and bury them for the purposes of using them as “future negotiating papers.”
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