800 Palestinians, Mostly Civilians Taken Hostages

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JERUSALEM (PINA): Up to 800 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli
army, which currently invades the northern West Bank refugee camp of
Tulkarm. 

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The status of those detained remains unknown considering that Israeli
sources indicated that they won’t be put on trials. 

Palestinians on other hand believe that the hundreds of Palestinian
refugees rounded up are hostages and demand their immediate release. 

Although, 60 of those detained are PA police officers, the great
majority of them are beloved to be civilians, many of whom fought the
battle to defend their camp. 

All 800 have been sent to Israel for interrogation. 

The number was first put at 400, then raised by AFP sources into 600,
and finally according to Al Jazeera, the estimate now stands at 800. 

Israel has received no international requests to release the mostly
civilians arrested. Arrest or harming civilians in any way, at times of
conflict, is illegal under international law, particularly the fourth
Geneva Convention. 

Israel however argue that it has legal reference to its act, although
fails to specify that reference. 

The Israeli army occupied Tulkarm and the two neighboring refugee camps
Thursday. 

After fighting that killed eight Palestinians and one Israeli soldier,
Tulkarm camp and town are still occupied. 

Source:  Palestine Chronicle

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