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Palestine: ‘Hundreds detained’ since start of Ramadan

Monitoring group says 330 Palestinians, including 60 children, have been detained as raids in West Bank are stepped up.

Raids have been taking place across the West Bank since the attack in Tel Aviv early June that killed four Israelis [File: AP]Raids have been taking place across the West Bank since the attack in Tel Aviv early June that killed four Israelis [File: AP]

Raids have been taking place across the West Bank since the attack in Tel Aviv early June that killed four Israelis [File: AP]

About 330 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been detained by Israel since the start of Ramadan, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies has said.

During the 20 days since June 6, when the Muslim holy month of fasting began, Israel has stepped up its raids on Palestinian towns, the centre’s director, Osama Shaheen, told Al Jazeera.

“We noticed that the campaign of arrests against leaders and activists in Hebron has increased, especially due to the recent attack in Tel Aviv,” Shaheen said, referring to the June 9 shooting of four Israelis by Palestinians.

According to the centre’s records, of the 330 detained, at least 60 are children, with the youngest being 10-year-old Marwan Sharabati from Hebron. The figure also includes 21 women ranging from 18 to 45 years old.

About 15 Palestinians, 13 of whom are fishermen from Gaza, were also detained at Israel’s Ashdod port, including Mohammad al-Halabi, the head of the Gaza programme at the Christian humanitarian organisation World Vision.

The raids have been taking place across occupied East Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah, Jenin and Gaza.

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