Number of prisoners with COVID-19 hits 249

PNN/ Jerusalem/

The media advisor to the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority, Hassan Abed Rabbo, said that there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people infected with Coronavirus in the occupation prisons, and the total number reached 249 after four new cases were recorded, three of them in Rimon prison and the fourth in the Negev prison.

Abed Rabbo added in press statements on Saturday, that the year 2020 witnessed the infection of 140 prisoners, while 109 new cases have been recorded only since the start of 2021, most of them in the prisons of the Negev and Rimon, indicating that three sections have been allocated to quarantine and infected prisoners, one in Section 8 in Rimon Prison and the second in the Sahraw Nim Center near the Negev Prison, and a third in the Ella Center in Beersheba.

With regard to the health status of the prisoner Basem Ajaj, who is infected with the Coronavirus, Abed Rabbo said that he is still lying in Soroka Hospital in a critical health condition, calling on international human rights organizations to pressure Israel to treat him and all the prisoners.

Regarding the announcement by the Israeli Minister of Health that the prisoners will be vaccinated with the Corona virus vaccine, Abed Rabbo indicated that this decision did not come out of nothing, but rather was the result of the great efforts and Palestinian pressure campaigns and positive institutions, considering it a positive development if it is in line with the standards of the World Health Organization.

As for the health status of prisoner Hussein Masalma, Abed Rabbo confirmed that he was lying in the intensive care room at Soroka Hospital in a critical health condition after suffering from leukemia, and approval was obtained to visit his relatives, and a request was made that he should be released due to the seriousness of his health condition.