Israel arrests over 1,000 Palestinians in one month

Over 1,000 Palestinians arrested in just one month by Israeli security forces across West Bank, Gaza and occupied territories

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli army soldier detains a Palestinian during clashes in Beit Ommer village north of the West Bank city of Hebron October 11, 2015.

Israeli security forces have arrested more than 1,000 Palestinians and Arab Israelis since October 1, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said on Sunday. According to the Ramallah-based aid group, most of those arrested were young men and women.

Since the start of recent clashes between the Israeli Army and Palestinian protesters since the eve of the Jewish new year's Rosh Hashanah, security forces have increased the frequency of arrests.

The southern West Bank city of Hebron has seen the highest number of arrests - 221.

Around 500 Israelis live in illegal settlements in Hebron who are heavily protected by the Israeli Army. Over 200,000 native Palestinians live in the city.

After Hebron Israeli occupied East Jerusalem has seen the second highest number of arrests at 201, followed by the West Bank city of Ramallah at 138.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club also said that at least 160 Arab Israelis have been arrested in connection with the unrest.

Eighty seven of the arrested Palestinians have been placed in administrative detention, a type arrest that avoids legal procedures, trials and granting a prisoner their rights.

Administrative detention lasts up to six months at a time and can be easily renewed. Some Palestinian prisoners, often minors, spend years in administrative detention.

More than 6,000 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel, 420 of them in administrative detention, according to the club.

Over 50 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli Army and security forces since Rosh Hashanah, with while eight Israelis have died in knife attacks by Palestinians with most assailants being shot on the spot.

TRTWorld and agencies