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Palestine: Israel detains 2 Palestinian journalists, bringing number in prison to 24

19th Oct 2017
Palestine: Israel detains 2 Palestinian journalists, bringing number in prison to 24

By Qais Abu Samra

 

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): Israeli forces on Wednesday detained two Palestinian journalists in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total number of Palestinian reporters now languishing in Israeli prisons to 24, according to a Palestinian NGO.

In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said that Israeli security personnel had detained two journalists working for Trans Media, a Palestinian media firm, during an army raid in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Earlier Wednesday, Israel’s Military Authority in the Occupied Territories (COGAT) confirmed it had recently raided eight Palestinian companies suspected of “inciting violence” against Israel.

Israel shut them down under direct military orders, in addition to confiscating equipment.

Some of the invaded agencies are Ramsat, Trans Media and Pal Media, which the military confiscated their broadcast equipment and many machines, for providing services to Palestinian TV stations such as Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds.

According to official Palestinian statistics, Israel currently holds some 6,500 Palestinian prisoners, most of whom hail from the occupied West Bank.

Additional report from Imemc

[Archive Photo: Palestinian journalist looks at damaged office at her radio station Minber-el-Hurriye which was shut down and equipment seized by Israeli army in Hebron on 3 November 2015. Photographer: Wisam Hashlamoun/AA]

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