WEST BANK (Dispatches) – At least 55 Palestinians have been killed by Zionist troops in the West Bank this year, all by live ammunition, according to a new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“Overall, Israeli forces injured 221 Palestinians across the West Bank,” the report said, Anadolu news agency reported.
A total of 527 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished in 2021 in Area C of the West Bank, which led 733 people to forceful emigration, it added.
Under the 1995 Oslo Accords between the Zionist regime and the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank, including East Al-Quds, was divided into three portions – Areas A, B, and C.
The occupying regime prevents Palestinians from carrying out construction projects in parts of the West Bank designated as Area C, which falls under the regime’s control.
Area C is currently home to 300,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Bedouins and herding communities who predominantly live in tents, caravans, and caves.
International law views both the West Bank and East Al-Quds as occupied territories and considers all settlement-building activities there illegal.
Detainee Set to Give Birth in Jail
Nine-month pregnant Palestinian woman, detained in a Zionist regime’s prison for an alleged attempted attack, is expected to give birth, and the occupying regime’s prison service has indicated it is preparing for the newborn to stay with its mother, as per her wishes.
The 26-year-old woman, Anhar al-Deek, from the village of Naima near Ramallah, was arrested in March at the Sde Ephraim settlement outpost in the West Bank, when she was four months pregnant.
Prison childbirth among Palestinian female detainees is considered rare, with the last such case having occurred in 2008.
Al-Deek’s case has set off Palestinian social media campaigns and demonstrations demanding her release in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Another rally is also expected to take place in front of Damon Prison, south of Haifa, where she is being held.
Al-Deek is expected to give birth by Caesarean section at an Israeli hospital. Al-Deek has asked that her baby remain in custody with her and the prison service says it has made preparations to that end. By law, newborns may stay with their mothers until they are two years old, so long as mothers indicate that they would like them to. Damon Prison is one of the Zionist regime’s most outdated prisons and no infants currently reside there.
Over the past few weeks mainly Arabic-language campaigns calling for al-Deek’s release have gained momentum on social media under the banner “Save Anhar al-Deek.” Posts credited to al-Deek describe harsh conditions in prison, as well as her concerns for the fate of her baby and herself.
“The prison guards said they would put me and the baby in solitary confinement because of the coronavirus. My heart already aches for my son,” one post said. Demonstrations demanding al-Deek’s release have taken place in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, featuring caricatures that depict Al-Deek and her baby as prisoners in an Israeli jail.
Al-Deek’s attorney, Adv. Akram Samara, is expected to ask the court on Tuesday to place al-Deek in a psychiatric hospital in Ramallah as an alternative to continued imprisonment. Samara said that Al-Deek suffers from depression and that an examination conducted for purposes of the court proceedings revealed that Al-Deek was in psychological treatment before.