The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that the number of Palestinian detainees who are infected with the Coronavirus in Israeli prisons has arrived to 132 after a detainee was diagnosed Monday.
The PPS said the administration of Ofer prison, near Ramallah, has announced that detainee Moayyad Khatib, 20, from Bethlehem, has the coronavirus, and that he was held with many other detainees in Ofer while waiting to be transferred to other facilities.
The detainee, who was abducted twenty days ago, will likely be transferred with many other detainees to quarantine in Hadarim Israeli Prison.
The PPS said the latest information it managed to obtain reveals that more than 132 detainees are infected with the virus and that most of them are held in Section 3 of Gilboa’ prison, which was turned into a quarantine area.
The PPS warned that the seriously increasing number of detainees who are infected with the virus could lead to a serious crisis, especially amidst the lack, or total absence, of professional medical attention.
It called on various organizations, human rights groups, especially the United Nations and the World Health Organization, to pressure Israel into releasing all ailing detainees, and the elderly, and to stop the daily arrests of the Palestinians.
It is worth mentioning that two of the detainees, who were released Monday, were instantly examined by Palestinian physicians, and were found to be infected with the coronavirus.
Israel is still holding captive more than 4500 Palestinian detainees, including 700 who have serious health conditions, including at least ten who have cancer, while many have other health issues in the liver, heart, or abdomen.