Israeli authorities recently sentenced 13 minors to serve between 14 to 28 months in jail and to pay fines, according to the minor prisoners’ representative in Ofer prison.Prisoner Abdul-Fattah Dola, who speaks on behalf of minor prisoners below the age of 18, said 13 minor prisoners in Ofer prison were recently pressured to confess committing activities punishable under Israeli legislations.
WAFA correspondence reports that about 99 minor prisoners are currently incarcerated in Ofer, of whom at least 33 were taken last month during predawn and night army attacks on vulnerable towns and villages.
Dola said that some minor prisoners are suffering deteriorating health conditions, including diabetes, while others who were wounded at the time of their arrest are still denied medical care.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners Society says the health condition of detainee Ahed Mansour, from Salfit, has severely deteriorated. Mansour, who suffers nerve-related issues, has been denied medical care by the Israeli Prison Authority.
More than 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently being held in Israeli jails, of whom dozens are serving multiple life sentences. About 1,500 prisoners are believed to have health problems due to medical negligence.
According to Addameer human rights association, “Israeli authorities responsible for prisoners regularly neglect their duties to provide medical support for Palestinian prisoners in their care, as required by the Geneva Conventions.”
“Medical problems are widespread, and range in severity from chest infections and diarrhea to heart problems and kidney failure. Treatment is often inadequate and is delivered after substantial delays. Often medication is limited to over-the-counter pain killers.”