More than 500 Palestinians have been detained within the last two weeks by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to a Palestinian NGO.
"Over 500 Palestinians have been rounded up since demonstrations against the 'Trump Declaration' erupted two weeks ago," the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.
On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, prompting international condemnation and a wave of protest across the Palestinian territories.
"Arrests have been carried out in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron (al-Khalil), Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm, Qalqiliya and East Jerusalem," the NGO said.
Of those arrested, it added, 153 were Palestinian minors and 11 were women.
The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.
According to official Palestinian figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians — including a number of women and children — are currently languishing in Israeli prisons.
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