Minor Palestinian prisoners endure harsh conditions in Israeli jails

Sep 20,2020

Palestinian minor prisoners are facing high risk of a covid-19 due to direct contact with their jailers who previously transferred the disease to prisoners in other prisons.

Twenty minor Palestinian prisoners are currently enduring harsh conditions in Israeli prison of Damon due to severe restrictions imposed by Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs revealed on Sunday that all of the 20 minor prisoners live in section of the Damon Prison.

According to the Commission, this section “is not suitable for humans to live in due to the infestation of rats and mosquitos, as well as the lack of lighting and ventilation.”

The Commission added: “The bathrooms are located inside the rooms and without doors attached to them. The prisoners are also deprived of hot water for bathing.”

Meanwhile, the Commission pointed out that the prisoners are facing a high risk of a covid-19 infection since they exposed to direct contact with the jailers, who have previously transferred the disease to Palestinian prisoners in different prisons.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said that at the end of June 2020, at least 151 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli prisons as security detainees and prisoners, at least two of whom were held in administrative detention.

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