Watchdog: Increased concern over Covid-19 spread in Israeli jails

Ramallah (QNN)- A human rights watchdog based in Ramallah expressed concern over the spread of Covid-19 virus among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially with the sharp rise of cases in Palestine.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association expressed its concern that the virus could be spreading among Palestinian prisoners amid the Israeli continuous daily arrests policy inspite of the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

The statement revealed that the total number of Palestinians, who have been arrested since the start of the pandemic in March, is estimated at 900 prisoners, including patients, wounded prisoners, children, and women.

The statement expressed its concerns over the continuous negligence of local and international calls to release Palestinian prisoners, especially patients, women, and children.

It added that the Israeli measures to prevent the spread of the virus have been only limited to preventing visitation and access to cleaning supplies, which even worsened the condition of the prisoners.

The watchdog called on international organizations, especially the Red Cross, to have a more effective role to save the lives of Palestinian prisoners and helping their families.

‘Israel’ holds nearly 4600 Palestinian prisoners, including 41 women, 170 children, and 30 under administrative detention.

(Source / 30.06.2020)

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