GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 100 Palestinian women were arrested by the Israeli military in 2014, an official at the Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner Affairs said Friday.
Abd al-Naser Farawna, the head of the census unit at the department, said in a statement that there were 112 Palestinian women and girls arrested by Israeli forces in 2014, a 70 percent increase from 2013.
Two female prisoners released in the 2011 Shalit prisoner exchange were rearrested in 2014, Farawna added.
He said there were currently 21 female Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, more than 2,000 of whom were arrested by Israeli forces over this summer amid heavy tensions and violence in the West Bank and Gaza.