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Israel arrested 1,400 Palestinians in first quarter of 2022: Rights group

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces patrol central Jaffa road in al-Quds on April 1, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs says the Israeli forces have detained nearly 1,400 Palestinians since the beginning of 2022.

Abdul Nasser Farwaneh, the head of the studies and documentation department of the commission, said in a news briefing on Friday that the figure represents a seven percent rise compared to the first quarter of last year.

Israeli regime forces regularly conduct night raids in the occupied West Bank, in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, without search warrants.

There are reportedly thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Geneva Convention.

Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygienic standards.

Palestinian inmates have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are held under the so-called administrative detention, in which Israel keeps the detainees without charge for up to six months, a period which can be extended an infinite number of times.

The detention takes place on orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the Israeli regime describes as ‘secret’ evidence. Some prisoners have been held by the administrative detention for up to 11 years.

The arrests come amid tensions over the past two weeks in the occupied territories ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

On Thursday, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians during a raid of the Jenin refugee camp. Several others were wounded in the violence.

Another Palestinian was also shot dead over an alleged stabbing attack.

In recent days, some 11 Israelis, including officers, were killed in three separate operations inside the Israeli-occupied territories by Palestinians in a surge of violence not witnessed in years.

Tensions first escalated across the Palestinian territories on February 13, when Israeli forces and illegal settlers renewed their attacks against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

The neighborhood has been the scene of frequent crackdowns by Israeli regime forces on the Palestinians protesting against the threatened expulsion of dozens of families from their homes in favor of Israeli settler groups.

The initial tensions that erupted in Sheikh Jarrah last year in part sparked a May 2021 war between the Israeli regime and resistance groups in the Gaza Strip.

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