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Israeli Figures: 156 Arabs Killed, 8,000 Arrested Since Uprising Began

In the first six months since the Palestinian uprising began in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Force has killed 156 Arabs and arrested more than 8,000 others.

Violent incidents averaged 16 a day in the period from December 9, 1987 to June 9, 1988.

These figures, which do not include additional cases being checked, were reported by the weekly magazine Koteret Rashit Wednesday, which cited an IDF spokesperson as the source of the information.

The IDF figures do not include Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians in the territories.

The Palestinians claim to have suffered 198 fatalities. One Israeli soldier and one civilian have been killed in the same period as a direct result of the uprising.

During the six months through June 9, 8,326 Palestinians were arrested, many of them since released, according to Koteret Rashit.

The IDF presently holds 5,300 detainees at various facilities, in addition to 2,500 Palestinians under administrative detention. Those arrested may be held for renewable six-month periods without being charged or brought to trial.

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