Prisons and detention centres

When the Israeli military arrests Palestinians from the West Bank, they are taken to a detention or interrogation centre in the West Bank, occupied Jerusalem or inside Israel. They might stay there for a few hours or even a few days before being released or transferred to a prison. Torture and ill-treatment are systematic and widespread in Israeli detention and interrogation centres.

Detainees serving sentences or awaiting charges are held in prisons inside Israel. Transferring prisoners from the West Bank or Gaza Strip into Israel is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits transferring prisoners from occupied territory into the country of the occupation.

Israeli prisons and detention centres are known for their poor conditions and detainees often suffer from medical problems as a consequence, further compounded by the denial of adequate medical care.

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