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Israeli occupation forces detains 340 Palestinians in May

The Israeli occupation forces detained 340 Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip during the month of May, including 25 minors and 10 women, today said several prisoners’ advocacy and human rights groups, significantly higher than the month of April.

The Commission of Detainees Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner Society and Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association said in a joint statement that Israel detained 162 Palestinians in East Jerusalem, including six women, 12 minors and leading figures, 64 from the Jenin district in the north of the West Bank, including 55 from Yabad town following the killing of an Israeli soldier in the town on May 12, 41 from the Hebron district in the south of the West Bank, 23 from the Bethlehem district, 17 from the Ramallah area, 15 from Tulkarm, 10 from Qalqilya, and five from Nablus, in addition to three from the Gaza Strip.

It said that with the May figures, the number of Palestinian detainees in Israel has reached around 4600, including 41 women and 170 children. A total of 380 Palestinians are also held in administrative detention for long periods of time without charge or trial, among them 110 placed in administrative detention in May, including 44 new ones and 66 extended.