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Over 6,225 Palestinians arrested in the West Bank since October 7

Israeli forces have arrested more than 6,225 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since October 7, according to the latest statistics released by the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners Society.

The arrest figures – which include those who have since been released – include 210 women and 355 children, while 50 journalists have also been detained in that time. Seven Palestinians have died inside Israeli prisons, the report also said.

“The ongoing arrest campaigns since October 7 have been accompanied by escalating crimes and violations, including acts of abuse, severe beatings, and threats against detainees and their families, in addition to widespread sabotage and destruction of citizens’ homes,” the report said.

There were a total of 8,800 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of the end of December. These figures do not include those taken by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Last week, the Israeli Knesset’s General Assembly approved regulations that prevent Gazan detainees from meeting with their lawyers for an additional four months.

The Israeli army recently claimed that there are 2,300 detainees in Gaza; however, estimates based on the testimonies of those released suggest that the actual number of detainees is much higher. One detainee said that Israeli officers had personally informed them that there were approximately 7,000 Gazan detainees

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