More Palestinian prisoners catch COVID-19 in Israeli jails

Israel, which started vaccination of its people, has decided not to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners inside its crowded jails, including elderly and sick

At least 16 Palestinian prisoners in prison of Al-Naqab were diagnosed with coronavirus, COVID-19, and number is expected to rise, Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said on Saturday.

The first coronavirus case in Section 3 of the prison was discovered on Thursday, the PPS said, adding: “Since then the number has increased to 16 as more are expected to get infected.”

It noted that “the number of prisoners in that section is 73 out of 1,200 in the crowded prison located in the south of Israel, some of them are elderly and ill.”

According to the PPS, “at least 156 of the Palestinian prisoners have contracted the disease so far,” stressing that “Israel must immediately release the elderly and sick, demanding the formation of an independent medical committee to check on the situation of the Palestinian prisoners in Israel.”

The PPS said: “Israel started two weeks ago inoculating its population with the coronavirus vaccine, but it decided not to include the Palestinian prisoners in this process for the time being, raising concern about their health situation particularly since they are kept in overcrowded and unhealthy prisons.”

(Source / 02.01.2021)

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