Hamas Islamic Resistance

Report: IOF escalated arrest campaigns in January to quell intifada

02 February, 16

The Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies (PCPS) had published its monthly report over the status of Palestinian detainees in January.

The center said that Israeli occupation forces “IOF” had escalated its arrest campaigns against Palestinians over the last month in a bid to quell the ongoing intifada.

According to the report, IOF had detained over 490 Palestinians in January, of which 140 were minors, some of whom arrested although they were injured, and 13 women and young girls, including wives and mothers of prisoners.

IOF had also detained two MPs of the Legislative Council and a former minister, raising the number of detained MPs in Israeli prisons to seven.

Among the detained was MP Mohammed Abu-Tair, 65 years old from Jerusalem, who had spent over 30 years in Israeli lockups at several periods of detention. His last release from prison was in July 2015 after spending 25 months in detention.

IOF had also detained 10 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including six fishermen who were kidnapped from their fishing boats, and a 53-year-old citizen who was accompanying his sick wife on their way to Al-Maqased hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

Also in January, the captive journalist Mohamed Al-Qeiq from Hebron had continued his open hunger strike which started on 24-11-2015 against being arrested administratively. While Al-Qeiq’s condition has deteriorated over the last weeks, The Israeli supreme court hinged the consideration of his case on the developments in his health status, posing a real danger to his life.