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More than 290 Palestinian prisoners test positive for COVID-19 in Israeli Prison

New cases of COVID-19 were recorded among Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ramon and Negev prisons, raising the total number of Palestinian prisoners who contracted the virus inside Israeli prisons to more than 290 since March 2020.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that 41 Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Negev and Ramon prisons.

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 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.

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