Palestinian child Ahmad Manasreh, 17, held in Israeli prisons, has tested positive for the coronavirus, raising the number of Palestinian detainees infected with Covid-19 to 140, the Palestine Centre for Prisoners Studies said.
Riyadh al-Ashqar, the group’s director, said that Israeli occupation forces detained Manasreh in October 2015 after they opening fire at him, injuring him and killing his cousin.
Despite his injury, Manasreh, who was less than 12 years old at the time, was subjected to harsh interrogation in Israeli prisons and was sentenced to nine years and a half in jail, al-Ashqar added.
Al-Ashqar explained that Manasreh is the second child to test positive for Covid-19 insider Israeli jails.
Mahmoud al-Ghalith, a 16-year-old child from al-Jalazone refugee camp in northern Ramallah, contracted the deadly virus during his interrogation at an Israeli detention centre.
The Israeli occupation had to release al-Ghalith on bail of 1000 shekels (about $300) 40 days after his detention.
Al-Ashqar held the Israeli occupation authorities and the Israeli prison administration fully responsible for the lives of Palestinian minors incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
The surge in virus infections among Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons is an “expected and natural result” of the Israeli occupation’s medical negligence towards them and failure to take precautionary measures to prevent and curb the spread of Covid-19 among them, al-Ashqar pointed out.
Al-Ashqar urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to immediately intervene and place pressure on the Israeli occupation to ensure Palestinian detainees are vaccinated, renewing his calls for serious efforts to release Palestinian sick, elderly, children, and women from Israeli jails.