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Dozens injured as Israeli officers assault Palestinian inmates in Ofer Prison

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file picture, Palestinian prisoners are seen at Ofer Prison, located west of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by the Times of Israel)

Dozens of Palestinian prisoners have suffered injuries after Israeli military forces raided the cells of Palestinian inmates at a detention facility in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli commandos, accompanied by a group of attack dogs, assaulted the detainees at Ofer prison, located west of Ramallah, on Sunday.

The PPS noted that the Israeli forces unleashed the dogs during the attack, physically assaulted the Palestinian prisoners and used pepper spray, which left scores of the inmates injured, with some of them suffering from breathing difficulties.

Dozens of other Palestinian detainees were also forcibly transferred to other sections in the prison by the attacking Israeli troops.

The society highlighted it was the third such incident at Ofer Prison since Palestinian political prisoner Daoud al-Khatib died of heart attack on September 3 as a result of deliberate medical negligence by Israeli prison authorities.

Back on September 6, the PPS reported that Israeli guards had violently raided cells at the prison, confiscating all electronic devices and personal belongings of the inmates.

Khatib, 45, had been serving a sentence of 18 years and eight months for his resistance activities against the Israeli occupation. He had been in Israeli jails since 2002.

He was a member of the Palestinian Fatah movement, and was arrested during the Second Intifada, also known as the al-Aqsa Intifada.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.

Over 350 detainees, including women and minors, are under Israel’s administrative detention, which is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing authorities to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The duration could be extended for an infinite number of times.

The detention takes place on orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the Israeli regime describes as ‘secret’ evidence.

Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

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