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Committee: Israel fined Palestinian minors a combined $15,400 in February

March 5, 2017 8:09 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2017 2:33 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers detain a young Palestinian boy following clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron in June 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli courts fined Palestinian minors imprisoned in the Ofer detention center a total of 57,000 shekels ($15,420) in February alone, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs said on Sunday, adding that at least 49 had been detained in February.

Committee lawyer Luay Akka said that of at least 49 Palestinian minors who were imprisoned in February and taken to Ofer, 27 of them were detained during home raids, nine in the streets, five after being summoned for interrogation, four at checkpoints, and four in Israel for not having permits.

He added that the sentences issued against 25 minors during the month ranged between one and 24 months in prison, with at least one teen -- 15 year-old Ahmad Hanatsha -- being sentenced to administrative detention without trial or charges.

Palestinian minors detained in Ofer said that they were being held in poor conditions, and lacked access to necessities such as clothing, bed sheets, and towels.

In January, the committee reported the detention of at least 63 minors, who were collectively sentenced to pay at total of some 52,000 shekels (approximately $14,000) in fines.

Ofer detention center is one of the most common sites used by Israel for the interrogation of Palestinian children. Last October, the committee reported that the “overwhelming majority” of Palestinian minors held in Israel’s Megiddo and Ofer prisons were tortured during their detention and interrogation.

Rights groups have also widely documented the mistreatment, abuse, and torture of Palestinian minors in detention, and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.

Meanwhile, Palestinian NGO BADIL warned last year of an increasing trend of Israeli forces shooting Palestinian youth in a deliberate attempt to leave them crippled for life.
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