Seven Palestinian prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 in Israeli prisons, raising the number of Palestinians who contracted the virus inside Israeli prisons to 199 since March 2020.
In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that the new infections were reported in the 4th section of Ramon Prison, where at least 90 prisoners are held.
The seven prisoners were among 21 others from the section who had been tested for COVID-19. The rest of the prisoners are waiting for their test results.
The PPS said that 43 of the prisoners in the same prison suffer from various diseases and at least four of them are aged above 60.
It also stated that the number is set to rise, saying that the deliberate procrastinations by the administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prisons is the reason behind the spread of the virus.
It’s also worth mentioning that Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana refuses to give coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners, which Palestinian organizations call “racism” and aimed at “increasing the suffering of prisoners and to psychologically torture them and their families.”
According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 170 children, and around 380 people held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.