Israeli soldiers injured, late on Tuesday at night, many Palestinian political prisoners in Ofer prison, which is built on Palestinian lands west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in addition to forcing one detainee in solitary confinement.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the rooms of the detainees, and completely closed several sections in the prison, while mainly focusing their offensive in sections 21 and 22.
The PPS added that the soldiers caused many detainees to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to forcing one in solitary confinement.
The attack comes just one day after the soldiers, including K9 units invaded the detainee’s rooms in Section 16 of the prison, and assaulted many detainees, in addition to searching them.
The soldiers also transferred one detainee, identified as Rami Fasayel, to another detention facility.
The detainees have been demanding the army to remove many political prisoners from solitary confinement and send them back to their rooms. However, their demands were met with rejection and violence by the soldiers.
The PPS warned that the Israeli army is escalating its violations against the detainees, and constantly targets their basic rights, it also added that the conditions in Israeli prisons are seriously troubling as they are compounded now by the threats of Covid19, especially after a detainee, identified as Kamal Abu Wa’ar, tested positive for the virus.
It also said that the Israeli Prison Service has recently announced that many soldiers and officers are infected with the virus, and dozens have been placed in quarantine.
The PPS called on the International Community to intervene and secure the release of all imprisoned children, women, the elderly, and those who are sick, including cancer patients as well as all those who have other serious health conditions.
It is worth mentioning that more than 1000 Palestinians, including many children, are imprisoned in Ofer.
On June 30, 2020, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society has reported that the number of Palestinian detainees currently held by Israel is 4700, including 41 women and 160 children. This number includes about 365 Palestinians held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.
Since the beginning of this year until June 30th, Israel soldiers abducted 2020 Palestinians, including 304 children and 70 women, while Israeli military courts issued 656 administrative detention orders.
(Source / 15.07.2020)