350 Palestinian minors incarcerated in Israeli prisons: NGO
A Palestinian non-governmental and civil organization says the Tel Aviv regime is keeping 350 Palestinian minors behind bars in prisons and detention facilities across the occupied territories.
Publish date : Friday 2 March 2018 12:21
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), in a statement released on Thursday, announced that it has recorded 67 cases of child arrests during February.
It further noted that 182 minors are currently being held in Ofer Prison near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Three of the inmates are serving administrative detention, which involves imprisonment without trial or charge.
Loai Mansi, the representative of minor detainees at Ofer Prison, said Israeli soldiers have assaulted and beaten Palestinian minors during detention.
He added that the story of a 13-year-old boy, whom prison guards could not handcuff because of his small hands, is a clear proof that he is too young to be arrested.
Mansi said a total of 117 minors have been transferred to Ofer Prison since the beginning of the current year.
He went on to say that an estimated 168 other minors are currently in Megiddo and Hasharon prisons.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention.
Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.
Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.
According to reports, at least 13 Palestinian lawmakers are currently imprisoned in Israeli detention facilities. Nine of them are being held without trial under administrative detention.