PPS: 7,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails
On the eve of the Palestinian Prisoner Day, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said that 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held behind Israeli bars including 400 children and 69 women.
Over 700 Palestinians are imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention, often targeting community leaders and activists, the PPS added. 700 other prisoners are held despite suffering different diseases, 23 of whom are held in Ramla prison hospital.
30 Palestinian prisoners spent more than 20 consecutive years in Israeli jails including Karim Younis, Maher Younis, and Nael al-Barghouthi.
Six Palestinian freely-elected MPs are also held in Israeli jails, while 18 Palestinian journalists suffer difficult detention conditions behind Israeli bars.
On 17 April each year, the Palestinian people, the Arab world, and the free people around the world mark an international solidarity day with Palestinian prisoners.