70 Palestinian minors amongst 500 detained last month

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested, during October, 500 Palestinians including 70 minors and nine women from West Bank and Gaza Strip, a rights group reported.

Palestine center for prisoners’ studies issued Friday a report documenting Israeli violations over the past month of October.

More than 180 of the arrests were carried out in occupied Jerusalem including 45 in Issawiya town in one single night, the report revealed.

In the Gaza Strip, 15 arrests were reported including four fishermen detained while sailing off Gaza shores.

Also during October, IOF raided Palestinian media companies in the West Bank, shutting down production facilities and closing offices in locations including Ramallah, Nablus, al-Khalil and Bethlehem.

Companies targeted by the raids included Palmedia, Ramsat and Trans Media, which the Israeli defense ministry accused of “incitement” and of providing production services to Hamas’s al-Aqsa and al-Quds television channels.

Four journalists were also rounded up after IOF soldiers violently stormed their homes.

Seventy children were also detained during the same reported period including a 12-year-old child who was kidnapped in front of his school, while nine women were rounded up.

Meanwhile, 75 administrative detention orders were issued for two to six months over the last month, including 35 new orders while 40 orders were extensions.

The center pointed out that Israeli jailers maintained their routine break-ins and assaults against Palestinians prisoners during October.

(Source / 04.11.2017)


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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

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