99 Palestinian children held in Israeli Ofer jail

99 Palestinian children held in Israeli Ofer jail

Approximately 99 Palestinian children are currently held in Ofer prison, a quarter of whom were nabbed during March, the representative for Palestinian detained minors Abdel Fattah Dawla said.

Approximately 99 Palestinian children are currently held in Ofer prison, a quarter of whom were nabbed during March, the representative for Palestinian detained minors Abdel Fattah Dawla said.

33 Palestinian minors are convicted and sentenced to different periods of time, while 20 others suffer from difficult health problems including the 14-year-old Khaled Sheikh who is still held in Israeli jails although he suffers from anemia, Dawla pointed out.

In the same context, the Palestinian Prisoners Society has early released a statement reading that most of the detained children were arrested during night raids of their parents’ homes, to be then investigated without the presence of their families or lawyers.

They are treated as adults in total disregard of their young age in a blatant violation of relevant children’s rights and laws, the statement said.

Ofer prison accommodates the highest number of Palestinian minor prisoners when compared to HaSharon and Megiddo jails.

Israeli occupation forces arrest about 1,000 children every year in the West Bank, often on charges of stone-throwing, while between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are tried before Israeli military courts, where Israel allows the prosecution of children from as young as 12, which UNICEF says is only practiced in Israel.



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