RAMALLAH, Thursday, April 2, 2020 (WAFA) – Ten Palestinian political prisoners at Ofer detention camp, southwest of Ramallah, embarked today on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against the ongoing solitary confinement of two fellow prisoners, as well as against Israel’s failure to provide the conditions to prevent a high risk of coronavirus infection among them, today said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS quoted the ten prisoners as saying that unless the Israel Prison Service (IPS) fulfills their legitimate demands, more prisoners will join the hunger strike to pressure IPS to do so.

Earlier today, other prisoners in Ofer refused to accept their meals in a protest measure against IPS’s failure to examine prisoners who were in contact with an infected inmate released two days ago.

Nour Sarsour, 19, from the town of Beitunia, near Ramallah, was tested positive with 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.