Four Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli prison contracted coronavirus

Mar 19,2020

According to the organisation, the infections started with one inmate who recently came into contact with an Israeli interrogator.

Israeli occupation authorities have informed Palestinian prisoners at Megiddo prison in Israel that four cases of novel coronavirus have been detected inside the facility.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS), an organisation advocating for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, said on Thursday that four Palestinian prisoners in Megiddo Sections 5, 6 and 10 have contracted the virus through one Israeli investigator.

According to the organisation, the infections started with one inmate who recently came into contact with an Israeli officer during interrogations in the city of Petah Tikva.

“The prison administration has officially informed the inmates about the infections, and everyone is on high alert,” the PPS said in a statement shared with journalists.

“Prisoners are facing today the danger of infection from the prison guards and investigators,” it added.

The PPS called on authorities to intervene to protect the inmates from Covid-19, by providing disinfectants and taking preventive measures recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Israeli occuaption forces have been raiding prisons and imposing restrictions on Palestinian prisoners.

The Israeli Prison Services confiscated on Wednesday the belongisings of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in several of its prisons due to their repeated requests for disinfectants.

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