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Israeli forces abduct more than 400 Palestinians in November, human-rights organisations reveal

ISRAELI forces abducted more than 400 Palestinians from the occupied territories last month, according to a new report.

The figures were released on Monday by the Palestinian Detainees Committee, the Palestinian Prisoners Society, the Adameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Wadi Hilweh Information Centre.

The human-rights groups denounced the escalating Israeli violations in the occupied territories, “especially the illegal collective measures targeting the detainees and their families.”

They warned that Israeli authorities have failed to protect detainees from the spread of coronavirus, impinging on their basic rights including access to healthcare.

The data show that Israeli soldiers abducted at least 413 Palestinians from the territories, including 157 from occupied Jerusalem and 74 from Hebron.

Among them were 49 children and seven women.

About 4,400 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, including 380 who have been jailed under administrative detention orders — meaning that they can be held without charge or trial.

Israeli courts issued 102 such orders in November, the groups said, 47 against first-time detainees and 55 renewals.

In recent months, Israel has escalated actions against leading Palestinian women and their organisations.

As reported in the Morning Star, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees’ president Khitam Saafin was detained during a series of raids last month.

About 40 Palestinian women are being held in Israeli jails. Among them is Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine legislator Khalida Jarrar, who has been held in administrative detention since October last year.

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