RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Over the course of the month of January alone, at least 64 Palestinian minors were detained and incarcerated in Israel’s Ofer detention center, while the minors were imposed with a collective 52,000 shekels (approximately $14,000) in fines, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement Monday.
The committee said that eight of the minors were detained after Israeli forces shot them.
Of the minors detained in January and held in Ofer, 28 were detained from their homes, 27 from the street, six at Israeli military checkpoints, and two after they were summoned for interrogation.
One 16-year-old detainee was transferred to administrative detention, Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without trial or charge under undisclosed evidence.
The committee said that 28 of the underage Palestinians were handed actual prison sentences ranging between one month and 12 months, while the remaining were still being held and interrogated.