Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation forces arrested 525 Palestinians, including 42 woman and 78 children, just in March.
In its monthly report, Ahrar Centre for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights stated that the arrests took place in different parts of the occupied West Bank, the besieged Gaza Strip, and occupied East Jerusalem.
It said that 42 women were arrested, largely in occupied Jerusalem, and that the police have released most of them after interrogation, while many faced high fines, and were denied access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for different periods.
Ahrar added that the soldiers arrested 78 children, mainly in occupied Jerusalem, while the second largest number of children’s arrests took place in Al-Khalil, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Most of them were interrogated and released later.
Some 34 children and 29 women, including a journalist, have been kidnapped and arrested from Jerusalem alone, many of them near the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or in Jerusalem’s Old City.
In Al-Khalil, soldiers arrested fifteen children and two women, while seven children and four women have been arrested in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Head of the Ahrar Centre Fuad al-Khoffash warned that the Israeli occupation is escalating its attacks and arrests of Palestinian women and children, and called on international human rights groups to act on ending the violations, especially against the children.