Israeli forces have arrested more than 400 Palestinians this month
Israeli soldiers carry a Palestinian stone thrower after he was detained by undercover policemen during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on November 6, 2015. (AFP/Musa al-Shaer)
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Israeli forces have detained 416 Palestinians, including 122 minors, during the first 12 days of November, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said in a statement Thursday.
The majority of the detentions recorded were in Jerusalem, where 181 Palestinians were detained, including 42 minors. The southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron was the second city on the list of the most detentions, with 70 Palestinians detained, including 50 minors.
The surge in Palestinian detentions, including higher-than-average levels of minors, began in October, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer, during Israel's crackdown in an attempt to quell violence during the latest spate of upheaval.
Most of the violence that escalated early last month, including numerous attacks on Israelis, has been centered around occupied East Jerusalem and the Hebron district of the West Bank.
Before the crackdown, there was a weekly average of 78 Israeli army "search and arrest operations" carried out across the occupied West Bank in 2015, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, however there has recently been a sharp increase in such operations.
In October alone, just short of 1,000 Palestinians, including 147 children, had been detained by Israeli forces, Addameer documented.
The group's advocacy coordinator, Rafat Sub Laban, told Ma'an at the end of last month, that at least 988 Palestinians had been detained, including 578 in the occupied West Bank, 258 in East Jerusalem, and 152 in Israel.
He noted that although the numbers were as accurate as possible, they remained approximate, based on the group's own documentation.
According to Addameer's most recent reports, there are currently around 7,000 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, around 450 of which are being held under administrative detention with no charge or trial.
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