RAMALLAH, October 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee, in a press statement, said that Israel has detained around 650 Palestinians since the beginning of October 2015, including minors, women and the injured, some of whom are still languishing in Israeli hospitals.
The committee said that the majority of detainees were detained from Jerusalem during clashes and night house to house raids. It said that most of the detainees were subjected to severe beatings during their arrest.
It further noted that a number of detainees were detained inside military camps and settlements for long hours, where they were leg and hand tied, blindfolded, and subjected to severe maltreatment and humiliation at the hands of Israeli soldiers.
It noted that the injured detainees – who suffer from critical wounds and were used by Israeli police and army forces as human shields during their arrest – were subjected to interrogation while being shackled to their hospital beds.
It said that the Israeli authorities prevent the committee’s lawyers from meeting with the detainees, particularly the injured.
This came as tension mounted across the West Bank and Jerusalem with Israel’s repeated assault on al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Islam’s third holiest site, particularly after growing Israeli attempts to enforce a temporal division on the site between Muslims and Jews.
The situation has also been significantly deteriorating since the deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh’s family home on July 31, which was carried out by Jewish settlers. The Duma attack left 4-year-old Ahmad orphaned, after his toddler brother, Ali, father, Sa’ed, and mother, Reham, lost their lives.