12 Palestinian prisoners at Ofer jail test positive for coronavirus

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission on Wednesday announced that 12 Palestinian prisoners at Israel’s Ofer jail have tested positive for coronavirus.

Qadri Abu Baker, head of the Commission, said in press statements that all infected prisoners are from section 21 of the prison.

According to Abu Baker, the Israel Prison Service closed the section, where 160 Palestinians are being held, and placed the infected prisoners in isolation.

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Abu Baker expressed his concern that the number is likely to increase given the overcrowding in Ofer jail and the deliberate medical neglect policy pursued by the Israel Prison Service against Palestinian detainees.

(Source / 26.08.2020)

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