The Israeli forces have detained some 135,000 Palestinians since the second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000, a Palestinian official group said on Thursday.

Iran Press/ West Asia: In a statement marking the 23rd anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, the Commission for Prisoners' Affairs of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said those detained included nearly 21,000 minors and half of the Palestinian parliament members of the last term.

It added that among the arrested Palestinians, there were government officials, ministers, academics, journalists, and activists.

During the Second Intifada, which continued till February 2005, 4,412 Palestinians were martyred, and nearly 49,000 people were injured.

The commission also noted that 2,600 women were also among the detainees, including four mothers who gave birth to their babies while in the Zionist regime prisons under difficult circumstances.

It also documented an increase in the cases of administrative detention that reached 32,000.

The Zionist regime policy of administrative detention allows its authorities to extend the detention of a Palestinian prisoner indefinitely without charge or trial.

During the same period, the commission said 114 Palestinians died in the Zionist regime prisons due to torture or deliberate medical negligence.

According to the latest figures, 5,200 Palestinians are languishing in the Zionist regime jails, including 38 women, 170 minors, and around 1,200 placed under administrative detention.

The Al-Aqsa uprising or intifada began in Jerusalem al Quds on Sept. 30, 2000, two days after Ariel Sharon, then leader of Likud stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Eastern Jerusalem al Quds.