3,200 arrested by Israel in West Bank since October 7

Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs has released a report revealing that 3,200 Palestinians have been arrested by Israel since October 7 in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

Among the arrested are 41 journalists, 29 of whom are in detention.

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This means that the total number of arrested Palestinians has crossed 7,000 since October 7.

The total includes more than 200 children, about 78 female prisoners plus “hundreds” of sick and wounded people, some of whom need “urgent medical intervention”, the report added.

The recent arrests are also said to have been accompanied by “widespread raids and abuse, in addition to vandalising and destroying of citizens’ homes, and severe beatings of the families of detainees” as well as the shooting of unarmed Palestinians, resulting in deaths.”

How many prisoners and captives have been released?

A four-day long truce between Israel and Hamas started on Friday and so far, three captives exchanges have taken place.

Al Jazeera reports that 175 people have been released which includes:

  • 39 Israeli citizens released by Hamas, in three groups of 13
  • 117 Palestinian prisoners released by Israel, in three groups of 39
  • 17 Thais released by Hamas
  • One Filipino released by Hamas
  • One Israeli-Russian released by Hamas
  • Hamas said that in total, 50 women and children are to be freed in return for 150 Palestinian women and children in Israeli jails under the truce deal.

Netanyahu has stated that the extension of truce can be considered if more captives are released at a rate of 10 per day.

Two-kilometre long lines for cooking gas in Gaza: UN

The UN humanitarian agency in Palestine (UNOCHA) has said that people in Gaza are lining up through the night in a line that stretches for two kilometres (1.2 miles) to refill cooking gas canisters.

These ques were outside a filling station in Khan Younis in southern Gaza after Israel allowed aid supplies – including cooking gas – into Gaza Strip for the first time since October 7.

The UN, however, claims that the “amounts fall well below the needs” and that people are reportedly “burning doors and window frames to cook”.