Israeli Ofer prison administration has imposed sanctions on four Palestinian prisoners, after they were severely beaten by guards in the waiting area of Ofer’s military court.The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed that, according to the prisoners’ lawyer, four prisoners were attacked by prison guards on the court’s premises. The prisoners were identified as Taha Samhan, Mohammad Suliman, Mahmoud Badran and Motaz Nofal.
All four prisoners sustained injuries and bruises throughout their bodies while Suliman’s shoulder was dislocated, WAFA correspondence reports.
Following the incident, the prison administration imposed reprisal sanctions on the prisoners, including a month-long ban on family visitations and purchases from the prison cafeteria, in addition to five days in solitary confinement.
Prisoners detained in Israeli jails are witnessing unbearable conditions, including being subjected to torture and other abuses by Israeli forces, as well as an inhumane living situation which is below acceptable standards.
Testimonies of prisoner abuse were reported to be widespread.
Palestinian-Israeli negotiations have been at a standstill since Israel’s failure to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners, as agreed, in order to continue negotiation talks for nine more months.
Israel’s refusal came after President Mahmoud Abbas declined to back out on applying with official international legal bodies, including the UN, and just as the Fateh and Hamas parties were attempting a political reconciliation.