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Palestinian prisoners in Ofer military camp protest failure of IPS to test them for coronavirus

Ramallah (QNN) – Palestinian prisoners in Ofer prison near Ramallah refused to accept their meals this morning in a protest measure against failure of the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) to examine prisoners who were in contact with an infected inmate released two days ago, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA said Nour Sarsour, 19, from the town of Beitunia, near Ramallah, was tested positive for coronavirus after his release from prison and arrival at home. He seems to have contracted the disease while in prison and was released and sent to Ramallah without the IPS conducting any corona tests on him leaving the possibility that he could have passed the disease to other inmates.

PPS said the IPS only checked the prisoners who were in contact with Sarsour but did not take any samples from them to test them for coronavirus, claiming that it was waiting for an official medical report from the Palestinian Authority proving that the released prisoner has the disease.

As a result, it said, the prisoners at Ofer started protest measures to prevent the spread of the disease to the other sections of the prison and prisoners, demanding carrying out proper tests on the prisoners who were in contact with Sarsour to see if they have been infected or not.

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