IOF kidnapped 650 Palestinians in October

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have kidnapped at least 650 Palestinians since the beginning of this month, amid ongoing clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli troopers in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, in a statement released on Saturday, said most of the detainees are younger than 20 years old, and they were mainly arrested during scuffles with Israeli soldiers or in overnight raids on Palestinian houses across the occupied territories, Press TV reported.

The committee further said a great number of the arrested Palestinians have experienced humiliation and mistreatment while being held at detention facilities for hours.

The prisoners’ rights body added that three Palestinian inmates, who had suffered gunshot wounds during recent skirmishes in the occupied Palestinian lands, were initially interrogated before being moved to Israeli hospitals.

On October 8, UN High Commissioner for Human Right Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed extreme concern over the escalation of the tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories, urging an end to the violence.

The UN official also warned about the rising number of the Palestinians injured by live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.