The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday arrested 40 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total number of detainees since Oct. 7 to 3,366.
In Occupied Jerusalem, seven Palestinian were detained in several towns, including a minor.
The IOF also arrested 12 Palestinians in al-Khalil, including a father and son and two brothers.
Nine more youths were rounded up in Bethlehem, while nine others were reportedly detained in Tulkarem.
Meanwhile, the IOF arrested two Palestinians in Qalqilya and another young man in Jericho. Three more arrests were carried out in Tubas.
Thus, the total number of detainees rose to 3,366 Palestinians since Oct. 7.
Since the start of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which left 14,854 Palestinian deaths, including 6,150 children and more than 4,000 women, the IOF has escalated its arrest campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
In this regard, the newly-released Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi affirmed that there are at least 10 Palestinian women in Israeli prisons who were recently detained from the Gaza Strip.
Upon her release as part of an exchange deal, Ahed Tamimi affirmed that there are 10 female prisoners who were recently arrested from Gaza.
They left their children. Their condition was very bad, and the occupation’s forces beat them, she said.
“Our joy over the release isn’t wholehearted after we learned about the number of casualties in Gaza, since we were disconnected from news inside the prison,” she also said.
Tamimi also said that she was threatened by Israeli jailers not to speak out after her release, and that they told her that her father was in prison and would be killed if she did so.
“We left behind 30 Palestinians in Israeli prisons who are abused daily. They have no food or medicine, and nothing to sleep on. They sleep on the floor,” she added.
Tamimi, a 22-year-old resident of Nabi Salih near Ramallah, was arrested at the beginning of November.
Tamimi, who’s considered a Palestinian symbol, gained recognition after she was detained in 2017, leading to an eight-month prison sentence.
These arrests amount to a blatant infringement on people’s fundamental rights, including their freedom and sense of security, as well as their right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. The Israeli arrests also violate the right to personal freedom and the right to a fair trial, as detainees are held without legal evidence and valid judicial warrants.
Human rights organizations and the international community must put pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to stop these violations and ensure respect for human rights.