PPCS: Israel Held 729 Palestinians without Charge or Trial since Start of 2016

Muhammed Al Qeeq was held by Israel in administrative detention. (Photo: Via Al Jazeera, file)

The Palestine Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) has revealed on Friday, May 27, 2016 that the Israeli occupation authorities have issued and renewed the administrative detention orders of 729 Palestinians since the beginning of the year.

Riyad Al-Ashqar, PPCS spokesman, noted that administrative detention orders increased by 35 percent compared to the same period last year.

Alashqar further stated that some detainees had their detention orders renewed for the eighth time, including Mohamed Abu-Fannounah, from Hebron, who has been under administrative detention since July 7, 2013.

Al-Ashqar believed that the reason behind the increase in administrative detention orders is Israel’s attempt to stop the ongoing Palestinian Intifada. He called on the international community to stop this practice.

On May 19, Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al-Qeeq was released from an Israeli prison following a 94-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention – an arrest made without a charge of a trial.

(PC, MEMO)

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