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Israel issues 40 administrative detention orders

Oct. 21, 2018 2:41 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2018 9:44 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities issued 40 administrative detention orders, on Sunday, against a number of Palestinian prisoners held in various Israeli prisons.

Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) confirmed that 32 out of the 40 administrative detention orders are renewed orders, while the remaining eight detainees received detention orders for the first time.

PPS added that the administrative detention orders were issued between October 1-16th.

The orders range from four to six months of prison.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,640 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 465 are in administrative detention, 53 are female prisoners, 270 are children, and 50 of the children are under the age of 16.

A report by Israeli NGO B'Tselem, which was based on the Israeli Prison Service statistics, read that over the last year, 29 Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on average, and 37 were released.

The report added that in the past decade, the number of detainees held by Israel in a single month never fell below 150.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.
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