Twelve Palestinian prisoners in Israeli Ofer prison have tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of coronavirus cases among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to 29, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
Twenty-nine cases have been recorded among Palestinian prisoners since the outbreak of the epidemic, including two released prisoners whose infection was discovered a day after their release from Israeli jails.
The number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons currently stands at around 5,000, including 700 patients and 41 women.
PSS stressed the need for international human rights institutions, led by the International Red Cross, to assume their required responsibilities in light of this dangerous development, which requires double effort and double pressure on the occupation to allow the presence of a neutral medical committee that oversees the results and samples of prisoners, and pressure to stop the daily arrests, which In addition to the presence of the guards, their contact with the prisoners, and the frequent transfers, they are the main sources of transmission of the virus to prisoners.
It is noteworthy that the occupation has transformed some sections of prisons into so-called “quarantine” centers, in which the minimum health care conditions are not met. Rather, the injured prisoner faces a double isolation process, and his life conditions are harsh.
The Prisoners Club renewed its basic demand for the release of sick prisoners, the elderly and children with the continued spread of the epidemic, and pressure to allow the presence of a neutral international medical committee to participate in inspecting the prisoners and to ensure their safety.
(Source / 09.09.2020)