200 minors, 40 women among 4650 Palestinian resistance fighters held in Israeli prisons, says PPS

Out of 4650 incarcerated Palestinians held in 23 Israeli prisons, and detention and interrogation centers, there are 200 minors and 40 women, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) in a report on Palestinian resistance fighters held in Israeli prisons through the end of August.

The PPS said 544 of the resistance fighters are serving one or more life sentences with one of them, Abdullah Barghouti sentenced to a record 67 life terms.

In addition, around 520 Palestinians are held in administrative detention without charge or trial and based on secret evidence not available to any party except the military judge.

The PPS also said 25 resistance fighters are considered among the most senior of the prisoners with Karim Younis and Maher Younis incarcerated since 1983, while Nael Barghouti spent a total of 41 years behind bars of which 34 were continuous after which he was released in a prisoners' exchange but later re-arrested.

It said 226 prisoners have died while in detention since the start of the Israeli occupation in June 1967, including 75 who died as a result of “pre-meditated murder”, 73 died during torture, seven were shot directly and killed, and 71 who died due to medical negligence.

In addition, said the PPS, the bodies of seven Palestinians who died while incarcerated as still held by Israel and not turned over to their families for burial, one of them died in 1980, another in 2018, three in 2019, and two in 2020.

Source : Safa