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Israel to indict 6 Palestinians captured in Gaza

Aug. 10, 2014 11:56 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2014 1:11 P.M.)
BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Chief Military Prosecutor plans to indict six Palestinians who were captured by Israeli forces during the ongoing military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources told Ma'an that the six detainees to be indicted by the prosecutor's southern command are affiliated to the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The individuals were detained during the Israeli ground invasion and are reportedly accused of involvement in firing rockets and digging tunnels.

It was not initially clear whether Palestinians captured by Israeli forces in Gaza were being held as prisoners of war or being treated as detainees from an occupied territory, similar to West Bank detainees.

A spokeswoman for the Israel Prison Services did not have any information regarding the report, and could not comment on whether Palestinians from Gaza were detainees or prisoners of war.

Earlier in the week, the Israeli army previously admitted that 159 Palestinians had been captured during the Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip and that they had been transferred to the Shin Bet intelligence agency for questioning.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Ministry accused Israel of "withholding" crucial information on the detainees that would allow the ministry to keep track of them, including their ID numbers, locations, and conditions.

More than 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, including more than 1,500 captured by Israel in just the last two months.

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