Israeli Forces Abduct Former Detainee Khuzaima Gheith in Hebron, West Bank
Israeli forces have reportedly detained a former prisoner, Khuzaima Gheith, in the city of Hebron in the West Bank. The lack of detailed context to the detention and the identity and reasons for the detainee’s arrest has added fuel to the volatile atmosphere surrounding the incident, as indicated by the trending hashtags on social media such as #Gaza, #IsraelIsATerrorist, #Palestine, and #IsraelTerrorism.
In a similar vein, another individual, Haitam Huwashla, was apprehended based on Facebook posts perceived to show sympathy for Hamas. He was released after 16 days without charges, but not without significant physical harm. Medical examinations revealed he suffered from two cracked ribs and a herniated disc. Another case is that of Mosab Abu Toha, a Palestinian poet and Syracuse University graduate, whose current whereabouts are unknown after being detained while trying to evacuate to southern Gaza. These instances highlight a pattern of arbitrary detentions and their immediate and long-term impacts.
Detention Facilities and Interrogation
The Israeli military has announced the establishment of a detention facility in southern Israel, where they claim to have interrogated around 300 individuals from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other groups. According to the Israel Defense Forces, these individuals have provided information on Hamas tunnel networks and weapon depots in Gaza, as well as their operational methods, including the alleged use of human shields. This revelation brings a new dimension to the ongoing conflict.
Meanwhile, a local NGO has reported that the Israeli army has detained 880 Palestinian children since the start of the year, with more than 200 still in custody. Amidst these reports, there are growing concerns over a proposed bill that would make it easier for Israel to use capital punishment against Palestinian detainees. Relatives of captives taken by Hamas have urged far-right Israeli lawmakers not to pursue this bill, fearing it might further endanger the hostages.
(Read Also: International Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza)
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