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Israel arrested more than 7,600 Palestinians in West Bank

Ramallah, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) More than 7,600 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli army and police in the West Bank since October 7, when the new cycle of violence began, two organizations linked to the issue revealed today.

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission and the Prisoners Club detailed in a joint statement that the arrests include those who were detained in their homes, at military checkpoints, those who were forced to surrender under pressure or held hostage. They denounced that the country’s security forces have since increased raids and widespread abuses in West Bank governorships, cities, and refugee camps.

In this regard, they criticized the beatings, torture, and threats against detainees and their families as was released amid reports of increased torture methods by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) against Palestinian prisoners.

The Commission yesterday accused the IPS of turning the country’s prisons into slaughterhouses.

In a statement, the organization warned about the increase in mistreatment since October 7 and cited the case of the Gilboa maximum security prison, where, it is said, 320 Palestinian detainees suffer a deadly hell.