43 Palestinian detainees infected with Covid-19 in Israeli prisons

4 months ago

Some 12 Palestinian detainees tested positive for the coronavirus in Section 3 of “Gilboa” prison, raising the total number of Palestinian prisoners infected with Covid-19 to 43, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said Monday.

In a press statement, the NGO group warned of a surge in coronavirus cases among Palestinian detainees as the infected prisoners were in contact with the vast majority of the detainees in Section 3. 

Nearly 90 Palestinian detainees are held in Section 3 out of 360 prisoners incarcerated in “Gilboa” prison.

The Israeli prison service’s refusal to disclose results of swab tests taken from Palestinian detainees and using the coronavirus pandemic to suppress and oppress them will put the Palestinian detainees’ lives at serious risk, the Palestinian Prisoners Club added.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in March, 43 Palestinian detainees were infected with the coronavirus, including two cases detected one day after being released from Israeli jails, with the highest number of confirmed cases recorded in “Ofer” prison.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club called on international human rights groups, above all the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to assume their responsibilities towards Palestinian detainees and double their efforts to place pressure on the Israeli occupation to allow a neutral medical commission to oversee the results and the samples of the prisoners.

Despite the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli occupation forces conduct arrest campaigns against Palestinian citizens in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on a daily basis.

As of late September, the number of Palestinian detainees incarcerated in Israeli prisons has reached about 4,400, including 700 sick prisoners.