UN: Israel holds 1,264 Palestinians in administrative detention, highest in over decade

By Iclal Turan

WASHINGTON (AA):  A total of 1,264 Palestinians are currently held by Israel in administrative detention, UN special coordinator for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, said Wednesday.

The number, according to the UN envoy, is the highest in over a decade.

“Israeli security forces carried out 1,042 search-and-arrest operations in the West Bank, resulting in 1,504 Palestinians arrested, including 88 children,” Wennesland told the UN Security Council.

Over the reporting period between July 15 and Sept. 19, 68 Palestinians, including 18 children, were killed by Israeli security forces during demonstrations, clashes, security operations, attacks or alleged attacks against Israelis, and other incidents, he said.

A total of 2,830 Palestinians, including 30 women and 559 children, were injured, and 271 of them were injured by live ammunition and 2,119 by tear gas inhalation, the UN envoy said.

“In addition, two Palestinians were killed and 73 injured, including three women and 12 children, amid a high level of attacks by Israeli settlers,” he said.

Funding shortages continue to undermine the UN’s ability to provide crucial services to Palestinians, he noted.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) urgently needs $75 million to maintain food assistance through year’s end for 1.2 million Palestinians in Gaza, said Wennesland.

The World Food Program requires $32 million to restore social assistance to priority families across the occupied Palestine territories, he said.

“In administrative detention, a person is held without trial without having committed an offense, on the grounds that he or she plans to break the law in the future. As this measure is supposed to be preventive, it has no time limit. The person is detained without legal proceedings, by order of the regional military commander, based on classified evidence that is not revealed to them. This leaves the detainees helpless – facing unknown allegations with no way to disprove them, not knowing when they will be released, and without being charged, tried or convicted.” (B’Tselem)

[Photo: Family members at funeral of Asaad Jab’awi 21 & Abdurrahman Suleiman Abu Daghash 32 killed by Israeli forces at Nur Shams Refugee Camp in Tulkarm, West Bank on 24 9 23. Photojournalist Issam Rimawi/AA]

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