The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli Authorities imprisoned 647 Palestinians under arbitrary Administrative Detention order, without charges, since October 1, 2015.

The PPS said that the current number of Palestinian detainees, held under Administrative Detention orders, is 750, and that this is first the number reached this level since 2008.

It added that Israeli military courts issued 1144 Administrative Detention orders since October 1st of last year, including new orders and renewal of existing orders.

It also said that most of these orders were made by the Ofer Israeli military court, north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

The PPS said such orders witnessed a sharp rise after Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, instructed the military to escalate this policy, as part of the collective punishment measures issued against the Palestinians.