More 150 residents of Silwan arrested in 4 month period

Monday, 25 April, 2011 | 10:50 |  Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC)Throughout this year the city of Jerusalem has witnessed an ongoing campaign of arbitrary arrests of Palestinian residents on “security” charges. Arrest numbers have soared in particularly volatile areas, such as Silwan, Al-Thouri, Shuafat, Anata and Issawiya, all of which have been subject to sustained clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces. The largest number of detentions and arrests have been in the village of Silwan.

Israeli forces executed over 150 detentions and arrests of Palestinians in Silwan between the months of December 2010 and March 2011. Included in this staggering number were 65 children detained by either Israeli police, military or undercover forces. Some were taken on the streets; others from their homes. This figure does not include the number of youth detained by Israeli forces stationed throughout the village for on-the-spot investigation.

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