By Elham Asaad Buaras
Israel kidnapped 1, 227 Palestinians and killed a further 16 since the beginning of 2013, according to a report by a Human Rights NGO.
The Ahrar Centre for Detainee’s Studies and Human Rights (AHRAR) reported last month that Israeli Defence Force (IDF) kidnapped Palestinians include children, women, elderly, intellectuals and legislators.
The number of Palestinians kidnapped so far this year is less than the number kidnapped in the same time last year when the army kidnapped 1,340 Palestinians.
The Centre stated that the Hebron district, in the southern part of the West Bank, witnessed the largest number of arrests as the army kidnapped 310 Palestinians this year, followed by Jerusalem where the army kidnapped 243 Palestinians.
In Nablus, West Bank, the IDF kidnapped 160 Palestinians.
Ahrar reported that the IDF also kidnapped four elected legislators in the West Bank and added that the current number of imprisoned legislators and ministers have reached 16. Soldiers also kidnapped several intellectuals and political leaders.
Furthermore, soldiers killed 16 Palestinians; 12 in the West Bank, and four in the Gaza Strip.
One of the slain Palestinians is Arafat Jaradat, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, who was kidnapped by the army and was tortured to death at an Israeli interrogation facility, while detainee Maisara Abu Hamdiyya, 64, from Hebron, succumbed to his cancer in an Israeli prison.
In April, the army killed four Palestinians and kidnapped 259 others; 94 of the kidnapped are from the Hebron district, 42 from Jerusalem, 25 in Jenin, 24 in Bethlehem, and the rest were kidnapped in other areas of occupied Palestine.