Statistics on Palestinians from the Gaza Strip in the custody of the Israeli security forces

Statistics on Palestinians from the Gaza Strip in the custody of the Israeli security forces

Published: 
11 May 2014
Updated: 
26 Jan 2017

At the end of Augus 2016, 336 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners from the Gaza Strip were held in Israeli prisons.* An additional 10 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were held in Israel Prison Service facilities for being in Israel illegally. The IPS considers these Palestinians – both detainees and prisoners – criminal offenders. The following data were provided by the military and by the IPS.

In addition, at times, some Palestinians are briefly held in military facilities. The figures from the military are received with a significant time delay and provide no details regarding inmates’ legal standing.

Since May 2016, despite repeated requests, the IPS has not conveyed figures to B'Tselem on a regular basis.

For further information please contact Eyal Sagiv by e-mail at: saeyal@btselem.org.

Gazan prisoners and detainees in IPS custody (held for security reasons or illegal entry) and in military custody

2016 IPS custody IDF custody
Security prisoners and detainees Held for being in Israel illegally
Month Adults 16-18 14-16 Under 14 Total Adults Minors Total Minors  Adults
Detainees Serving
sentence
Detainees Serving
sentence
Aug. 333 336 1 9 10
July 339 3 342 1 12 13
June 338 0   0   341 7 0   16
May 339 2 0   0    341 4 11  16
April 333 334  10 4 14
March 336 337 6 9 15
Feb. 339 340 6 21 27
Jan 341 342 3 24 27  2


Palestinian security detainees and prisoners from the Gaza Strip held in IPS prisons, 2013-2015

2015
Month Adults 18-16 16-14 Under 14 Total
Jan. 357 1 358
Feb. 360 1 361
March 360 1 361
April 357 357
May 351 351
June 350 350
July 346 346
August 341 371
Sept. 342 342
Oct.  342 342
Nov. 340 1 341
Dec.**** 342 1 343
2014
Month Adults 18-16 16-14 Under 14 Total
Jan. 373 373
Feb. 373 373
March 373 373
April 373 373
May 370 370
June 365 1 366
July 366 1 367
August 369 1 370
Sept. 367 1 368
Oct. 364 1 365
Nov. 361 1 362
Dec. 361 1 362
2013
Month Adults 18-16 16-14 Under 14 Total
Jan. 421 2 423
Feb. 418 1 0   419
March 414 1 0   415
April 410 1 0   411
May 409 1 410
June 408 1 409
July 411 1 412
Aug. 391 1 392
Sept. 391 1 392
Oct. 385 1 386
Nov. 386 1 387
Dec. 381 381

* According to figures received from the IDF Spokesperson, during Operation Protective Edge (July-August 2014), 159 Palestinians were apprehended in the Gaza Strip and taken to three purpose-built detention facilities near Gaza. All three facilities were shut down by 5 August 2014. Some of the detainees were released and others handed over to the custody of the IPS (Israel Prison Service), yet relevant figures were not provided. Once of the detainees now in IPS custody is being held under the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law. 

**** In addition, two Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were in IDF custody in December 2015.


Palestinians from the Gaza Strip held in IPS facilities for being in Israel illegally

2015
Month Adults Minors Total
Detainees Serving
sentence
Detainees Serving
sentence
Jan. 4 16 20
Feb.  2 14 16
March 5 14 19
April 2 14 16
May 14 14
June 1 12 13
July 2 11 13
August 2 11 13
Sept. 1 9 10
Oct. 4 10 1 15
Nov. 21 11 32
Dec. 3 26 29
2014          
Month Adults   Minors   Total
  Detainees Serving
sentence
Detainees Serving
sentence
 
Jan. 2 16 18
Feb. 5 16 21
March 5 15 20
April 5 16 21
May 3 19 22
June 3 20 23
July 2 21 23
August 3 18 21
Sept. 4 17 21
Oct. 4 18 22
Nov.  3 17 20
Dec. 1 16 17
2013          
Month Adults   Minors   Total
  Detainees Serving
sentence
Detainees Serving
sentence
 
April 6 17 23
May 6 16 22
June 7 17 24
July 6 17 23
Aug. 8 20 28
Sept. 9 18 1 28
Oct. 7 18 25
Nov. 5 20 25
Dec. 3 17 20


Palestinian security detainees and prisoners from the Gaza Strip held in IPS prisons, 2012-2009


2012
Month Adults 16-18 Under 16 Total
Jan. 443 443
Feb. 442 1 443
March 441 1 442
April 441 1 442
May 440 1 441
June 441 1 442
July 433 2 435
Aug. 431 2 433
Sept. 429 2 431
Oct. 427 2 429
Nov. 423 2 425
Dec. 421 2 423
2011        
Month Adults 16-18 Under 16 Total
Jan. 674 674
Feb. 658 658
March 647 647
April 641 641
May 633 633
June 634 634
July 634 634
Aug. 615 615
Sept. 613 613
Oct. 486 486
Nov. 483 483
Dec. 445 445
2010        
Month Adults 16-18 Under 16 Total
Jan. 725 1 726
Feb. 721 1 722
March 716 1 717
April 709 1 710
May 700 1 701
June 698 1 699
July 692 1 693
Aug. 686 1 687
Sept. 679 1 680
Oct. 679 1 680
Nov. 674 1 675
Dec. 674 674
2009        
Month Adults 16-18 Under 16 Total
May 757 1 758
June 757 757
July 745 745
Aug. 739 739
Sept. 733 733
Oct. 728 728
Nov. 726 726
Dec. 728 1 729