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Over four thousand Palestinians detained by Israel in 2020

  • Written by Prensa Latina
  • Published in World News
Ramallah, January 2 - Human Rights Activists have denounced  Israel for detaining 4,636 Palestinians during 2020 in the course of raids, despite calls from international organizations, groups and politicians to stop such practices, Wafa reported.
According to complaints from human rights groups, the Israeli military captured at least 543 minors in the year that ends, despite exhortations from the United Nations (UN) to provide them with protection and keep them away from all kinds of violence.

The UN also demanded the release of all children who remain behind bars in prisons of the Zionist government, in order to put them to safety at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic threatens their lives inside the prisons.

At present, 4,400 Palestinians are still deprived of liberty, a figure that includes 170 children and 40 women, humanitarian groups said.

A report prepared by several of them assures that 26 Palestinians have been in such prisons since before 1993, the document mentions the case of Abdullah Barghouti, who was sentenced to 67 life sentences, and 700 prisoners with chronic conditions who require special care.

Israel refuses to hand over the bodies of eight prisoners who died in its prisons, and they are claimed by their families, added the text highlighted by Wafa.

Leaders of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejected the escalation of hostility against Palestinian civilians, victims of raids and systematic attacks, in violation of their rights and despite the worsening of the epidemiological situation due to the scourges of the pandemic.

The Gaza Strip and the West Bank face a second wave of Covid-19 for several weeks, since then specialists diagnose up to two thousand new cases every day.

To contain the spread of the virus, the ANP isolates the inhabitants of several cities and villages, at the same time reinstating night curfews (Sunday through Thursday) and general curfews on Friday and Saturday.

In the midst of such a panorama, the confrontation between Israeli settlers who aspire to expand their settlements in the West Bank, considered illegal by the UN, and villagers in defense of their lands increased.

The ANP sought international support in order to implement resolution 2334 of that multilateral organization, which declares said colonies invalid and calls for the cessation of Israel's activities there.

In the same way, it requested the convening of a peace conference with the aim of channeling a dialogue process that allows overcoming the long conflict, without implying renouncing its historical claims such as the formation of an independent State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

  • Countries: Africa