Israeli forces arrested 28-year-old Baseel Khaled Abu Hameed from her home[Joel Carillet/Getty-file photo]

Israel continues to detain 28-year-old pregnant Palestinian even after ambulance driver husband’s surrender

In the fourth month of her pregnancy, Baseel Khaled Abu Hameed was reportedly arrested to put pressure on her husband, who later surrendered himself.

Israeli forces continued to detain a pregnant Palestinian woman on Saturday, two days after she was arrested from her home, an advocacy group said.

Baseel Khaled Abu Hameed, 28, from the city of Yatta near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, was detained in a bid to pressure her husband to come forward, as reported by The New Arab’s Arabic edition al-Araby al-Jadeed.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) advocacy group said in a statement on Saturday that Israeli authorities were keeping Abu Hameed – who was four months pregnant – despite the surrender of her husband Bakr Nabeel Abu Rajab, a Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance driver.

His brother, Mousa Abu Rajab, who is also a Red Crescent ambulance driver, was also arrested

According to information available as of Friday, Israeli forces transferred Abu Hameed to a location where female Palestinian prisoners have reportedly suffered mistreatment.

The issue has escalated since the beginning of Israel’s war in October, according to testimonies from several female prisoners who were visited by lawyers and released detainees.

Since 7 October, the total number of arrests in the West Bank amounts to some 6,500 people, including over 215 women, the PPC said.

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