PA: 5,200 Palestinians in Israeli jails
Published Saturday 12/10/2013 (updated) 22/10/2013 20:14
The report says 2,450 Palestinians were detained in 2013.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – There are 5,200 Palestinians in 17 Israeli military prisons and detention centers, according to a report released Saturday by the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs.
The report highlighted that 2,450 Palestinians were detained in 2013 including 476 children and 49 women. A number of those detainees were released later.
Thirteen Palestinian lawmakers are still in Israel’s custody, the report added. It noted that since 2000, Israel has detained about 60 Palestinian lawmakers and ministers. Among the lawmakers who are still in custody are Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, PFLP secretary-general Ahmad Saadat and senior Hamas leader Hasan Yousif.
The report says 520 prisoners are serving life sentences and more. Abdullah Barghouthi, according to the report, is serving 67 life terms and an additional 250 years.
Among the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody are elderly people such as Fuad Shubaki, 83, and Omar Akkawi, 64.
The report added that 204 prisoners have died in Israel’s custody. The latest to die were Maysara Abu Hamdiyya and Arafat Jaradat, according to the report.